has launched a new route out of Edinburgh Airport, to the city of Basel in northwest Switzerland. The carrier, which recently celebrated a 9.5% boost in passenger numbers over those for June 2009, now operates 18 routes out of the Scottish capital, including flights to Krakow in Poland, and Munich in Germany.
The Basel flight will operate four times a week from December 3, making it EasyJet’s second Swiss route from Edinburgh, after the city of Geneva. Tickets for the route went on sale at the beginning of July, priced at £25.99 for a one-way trip. Paul Simmons, manager at EasyJet, called the addition ‘superb.’
‘Basel is a city full of culture, and we are delighted to offer our Scottish travellers the chance to visit this great destination,’ Mr Simmons said. The city’s unusual location, straddling a ‘tri-nation’ border with France and Germany, gives Basel a unique heritage that dates all the way back to 374AD, when it was founded on the banks of the Rhine.
EasyJet recommends the Altstadt and Münsterplatz areas of Basel, which are renowned for their ‘atmospheric streets and market squares,’ and the ancient gatehouse, Spalentor, in the city centre.
The airline will also put on extra routes from four other airports, including Liverpool and Manchester. EasyJet appears to be bolstering its winter schedules to take advantage of an ongoing strike by British Airways staff, and to capitalise on a cull of Ryanair flights at Stansted and Belfast.
EasyJet is still losing out to Ryanair, however; the Irish carrier posted a 15% rise in customer numbers over those for the year to June 2010, making it one of the largest commercial airlines in the world.