easyJet has carried 250m LGW passengers; it has 109 summer routes

Gatwick 250Mill Pax

easyJet has served London LGW since 1999, when it flew from Geneva. Three years later, its LGW base opened with one aircraft. In 2004, the LCC had 25 LGW routes and was the airport’s second-largest user, although only with 16% of available seats; it was when British Airways was much bigger at the airport. LGW was easyJet’s third most-served airport systemwide, after London LTN and STN.

A few years later, it strongly grew by acquiring GB Airways, the BA franchisee, to obtain its LGW slots. Without this development, easyJet would undoubtedly be a far smaller player at the UK’s busiest airport.

A quarter of a century after first appearing at LGW, easyJet has carried 250 million passengers and has 68 aircraft stationed there. Analyzing Cirium data shows that it had 46% of LGW’s capacity in 2023 and was about eight times larger than the number two carrier, BA. The Group’s units include BA EuroFlyer, which exists to try to improve BA’s short-haul fortunes from LGW, including by more effectively competing with easyJet.

easyJet at London LGW-2004-2023

easyJet has 109 summer routes from LGW; three are new

LGW remains by far easyJet’s most-served airport. In Q2-Q3 2024 (April-September), it has 140% more seats than from Geneva, its number two airport.

Its LGW network encompasses 109 routes in 28 European and North African countries. Routes include Calvi, introduced on 2 July 2023 (2-weekly in August 2024); it is the only scheduled service to Calvi from the UK. Skiathos, launched on 25 May 2023 (2-weekly), is easyJet’s 14th Greek destination from LGW.

Salerno, south of Naples and closer to the Amalfi Coast, is next. The airport opens to commercial airlines in July 2024, with LGW-Salerno beginning on 13 July (2-weekly).

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It will be the first time the airport pair has been served and the only route to Salerno from the UK. It will be easyJet’s 18th Italian destination from LGW, with more destinations served there than anywhere else. However, Spain and France are close with 17 each.

Spain is the leading country market

Given the time of year analysed, it is not surprising that Spain is easyJet’s leading LGW market with a fifth of the seats. Indeed, it is the LCC’s number one airport-country market across its whole network, followed by Belfast BFS to the wider UK. Cirium data indicates that the main change versus the same six months in 2023 is that Croatia is no longer in the top 10 nations list from LGW, replaced by Germany.

Top10 easyJet countries from LGW Q2/Q3 2024

Faro is the number-one destination

The Portuguese airport serving the Algarve has been the leading market for the past few years. easyJet serves it 47 times weekly in August. It competes head-to-head with BA EuroFlyer (14-weekly), Wizz Air (10), and TUI (3). However, Cirium shows that Faro only ranked eighth in Q2/Q3 2019, when Amsterdam, Milan MXP, Barcelona, Geneva, Malaga, Belfast BFS, and Palma were all ahead of it. The order of the top 10 markets has changed considerably.

Top 10 easyJet airports from LGW Q2/Q3 2024

easyJet no longer serves these airports from LGW

Using Cirium to compare easyJet’s full-year 2024 LGW network to 2004-2023 shows that the following destinations have been removed.

  • 2023: Aqaba, Limoges, Rijeka, Santiago de Compostela, Tirana, Varna, Volos
  • 2022: Cologne, Luxembourg, Pristina
  • 2021: Newquay
  • 2020: Aarhus, Berlin SXF (switched to Brandenburg), Berlin TXF (switched to Brandenburg), Düsseldorf , Granada, Jerez, Klagenfurt, La Palma, Östersund, Stockholm ARN, Stuttgart, Tallinn, Vienna
  • 2019: Ajaccio, Ivalo, Murcia MJV (switched to RMU), Warsaw WAW
  • 2018: Kavala
  • 2016: Brussels BRU, Moscow DME, Strasbourg
  • 2015: Brest, Bucharest, Newcastle
  • 2014: Amman, Bergen, Zagreb
  • 2013: Luxor
  • 2012: Gothenburg
  • 2011: Helsinki, Istanbul SAW
  • 2009: Kuusamo
  • 2008: Gdansk, Rome CIA (switched to FCO)
  • 2006: Cork, Knock, Shannon

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