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21 December, 2010 - 15:12 By News Desk

easyJet spreads its wings

Julian Carr, bmibaby’s MD with Raymond McNair, director at Belfast City Airport

Low fares airline easyJet’s newly published schedule for summer 2011 shows an increase in capacity of 13 per cent year-on-year.

It is increasing frequency to popular destinations and launching new routes in the UK and across its operations within Europe. The Luton based carrier will be flying over 40 million seats between March 27 and October 29 next year and will be opening 11 new routes across Europe.There will be six new routes from Gatwick – to Amman, Izmir, Verona, Bologna, Seville and Aberdeen.The airline also announces significant increases in flights to and from several leading European cities including Manchester, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Geneva and Paris.Chief executive Carolyn McCall said: “Our summer 2011 schedule is our biggest ever and will strengthen easyJet’s network still further by adding additional frequencies on our most popular routes and launching new services to attractive destinations.”Next year easyJet will be operating 551 routes between 129 airports across 30 countries. In total, easyJet will fly 40.64 million seats in the summer 2011 season – up from 35.97 million the previous year. Across at Stansted, low cost airline bmibaby is launching new services to Belfast City from the Essex hub.The new service will start on March 28 and bmibaby will be the only airline to operate this route. Flights will operate three times a day from Monday to Friday, with one service on Sunday. Fares start from £23.99 one way including taxes.Launched in 2002, as part of the bmi group, bmibaby currently flies from four UK bases: Manchester, Cardiff, East Midlands and Birmingham to 33 European destinations.   Julian Carr, managing director, bmibaby, said: “As the bmi group is an established operator from London, it is great to open our first low cost service from Stansted Airport.”  Nick Barton, London Stansted’s managing director, said: “I’m sure this link will prove to be extremely popular and will further enhance our network which already connects to more scheduled destinations throughout Europe than any other airport in the world.”• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS:  Julian Carr, bmibaby’s MD with Raymond McNair, director at Belfast City Airport

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