Pumpkin-coloured airline, easyJet, has introduced a new flight from Aberdeen Airport to Gatwick Airport in Crawley, West Sussex. The destination was the second to be added at the Dyce hub in just over a week, after Azerbaijan Airlines bolstered Aberdeen’s summer schedules with a long-haul trip to Baku, the capital city of its native Azerbaijan.
Speaking about the Gatwick route, Aberdeen Airport’s director, Derek Provan said, “This is an exciting time for us, and everyone is pleased to see this new service start”.
Gatwick is easyJet’s second route to London from the Dyce hub, after Luton. The flight places the airline in direct competition with regional carrier, Flybe, who currently offers an identical route from Aberdeen to Gatwick. British Airways and BMI also provide services from Eastern Scotland to London, albeit to the UK’s largest hub, Heathrow.
EasyJet’s commercial manager, Hugh Aitken, intimated that the Gatwick flight was a “key” investment. An estimated 100,000 people are expected to fly on the route during its first term. The service, again, according to Mr. Aitken, was created in response to customer demand, and with a view to opening up the “many easyJet destinations from Gatwick” to Scottish travellers.
Tickets for the Gatwick flight are priced at £27.99, taxes included, for a one-way journey. The route will operate every day. EasyJet claims that it now provides more than 300 weekly flights to London from its four Scottish bases, namely, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow, and Inverness, catering to more than 4m passengers a year.
Azerbaijan Airline’s route to Baku operates twice a week from Aberdeen, on Tuesdays and Sundays. Jamil Manizade, chief at the airline, referred to the Dyce city as, "Europe’s oil capital", indicating that the flight will be marketed at natural resource barons and oil workers in the region of Aberdeen Airport.