EasyJet launches 12 new domestic routes in England, Ireland and Scotland following staycation boom


EASYJET has launched 12 new UK domestic routes as more Brits opt for staycation holidays this year.

The new routes include flights from Liverpool to Bournemouth, Birmingham to Newquay and Manchester to Edinburgh.

EasyJet is launching 12 new domestic routes this summer

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EasyJet is launching 12 new domestic routes this summerCredit: Reuters

Last summer, UK holidays saw huge demand to seaside locations due to travel uncertainty, something which is being seen again this summer as countries remain closed to Brits.

Accommodation providers have also seen strong booking numbers this year, partly driven by quarantine and testing requirements for overseas holidays.

Flights between Liverpool and Bournemouth will take one hour whereas rail travel between the same locations involves changing trains once and an overall journey time in excess of five hours.

Travel between Birmingham and Newquay will take one hour and 15 minutes by air, or five hours and 50 minutes by rail with two changes of trains.

The Manchester to Edinburgh route replaces a service lost when Flybe ceased operations in March 2020.

Flights will take 65 minutes, compared with direct trains which take around three hours.

EasyJet also is returning to Leeds Bradford and East Midlands airports with new flights to and from Belfast International.

The new routes will connect some of the major cities in the UK to popular holiday hotspots

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The new routes will connect some of the major cities in the UK to popular holiday hotspotsCredit: Ben Queenborough/PinPep

Those routes were previously operated by Stobart Air, which collapsed over the weekend.

Flight frequencies are being ramped up on easyJet’s existing routes from Belfast International to Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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The expansion of easyJet’s domestic flying means it is also adding Belfast City, East Midlands and Leeds Bradford airports to its network.

EasyJet’s UK manager Ali Gayward said: “We know our customers can’t wait to be reunited with friends and family or to explore the UK so these additional new routes today should prove popular and will further strengthen our UK domestic network providing customers with even more choice.

“We were sorry to see the news about Stobart Air and so are pleased to continue to provide key regional connectivity from Belfast International Airport to East Midlands and Leeds Bradford airports, as well as launching easyJet operations for the very first time from Belfast City Airport to London Gatwick.

“We also know it is important to our customers to be reunited with loved ones overseas so we continue to urge the UK Government to add more countries to the green list – which can be done safely – to make this possible.”

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