No frills carrier invests in Manchester with new route and an extra aircraft

Budget carrier, easyJet, has announced further investment into Manchester Airport, with a new route to Paris Orly Airport from March, and a 21st aircraft based in Manchester.

The new route will commence on March 27, offering departures on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, while the extra aircraft will arrive in May.

With an already existing route from Manchester to Charles de Gaulle, the new service further strengthens the connection between the North West and France’s capital, with Paris Orly Airport being a convenient option closer to the south of the city.

From May an additional Airbus A320neo aircraft will be based in Manchester and will operate throughout the summer season.

It becomes the 21st Airbus family easyJet aircraft based at the airport, which now includes a total of six A320neo aircraft.

Compared with the current generation of aircraft, the NEO (new engine option) brings significant improvements in terms of environmental and operational efficiencies – up to 15% less fuel consumption, so less CO2 emissions, and 50% less noise during take off and landing.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK country manager, said: “We are delighted to announce a new route from Manchester to Paris Orly Airport today, further strengthening our connection between the North West and France’s capital and providing our customers with more choice.

“The addition of the new aircraft at Manchester will also create around 40 local job opportunities and is a symbol of our ongoing commitment to the airport.”

Chris Woodroofe, Manchester Airport managing director, said: “We are thrilled that easyJet will be launching a service to Paris Orly Airport, which is currently unserved from Manchester, adding another destination to our growing route network.

“The commitment to this five-times-weekly service underscores easyJet’s growth and investment in its Manchester base, which is great news for passengers who will benefit from a wider range of options when booking their next trip.”

The carrier serves 19 UK airports, including Liverpool John Lennon Airport, offering more than 476 routes to in excess of 133 destinations from the UK to Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.