New Route of the Day 2 (16 December 2023): easyJet between London STN and Zurich
easyJet chose Saturday 16 December as the launch date for a new route between London STN and Zurich. The 775-kilometre route will be operated weekly, every Saturday until 30 March with a couple of extra flights on 26 December and 2 January according to the airline’s on-line booking tool. The two airports have not previously been connected with non-stop flights. The route is operated by a Geneva based aircraft routing GVA-STN-ZRH-STN-GVA.
easyJet already serves Zurich from two other London airports; 2-weekly from London LTN and daily from London LGW. Apart from these three London routes, easyJet also serves Switzerland’s busiest airport this winter from Berlin, Lisbon, Naples (all 2-weekly) and Porto (4-weekly). That makes a total of 20 weekly flights to Zurich, with seven of them on Fridays and six on Sundays (and none on either Tuesday or Wednesday).
The London-Zurich market is also served by British Airways and SWISS, both offering multiple daily flights from London LCY and London LHR. As a result, according to Cirium data, SWISS offers 65 weekly flights between London and Zurich in January 2024, British Airways has 57 weekly flights and easyJet just 10.
The decline of easyJet’s Stansted base
When easyJet acquired Go (the one-time former low-cost subsidiary of British Airways) it inherited the airline’s base at London STN. easyJet added but also dropped quite a few routes from Stansted but was still offering service to over 20 destinations from the Essex airport in 2019. In total, Go and easyJet have served over 50 destinations from Stansted since Go launched operations there (to Rome CIA) in May 1998.
However, this summer the carrier was only offering four routes from the airport; Amsterdam, Belfast BFS, Edinburgh and Glasgow. This winter has seen the resumption of seasonal services to Geneva and this new route to Zurich.
During the peak summer month of August 2023, the leading airlines at Stansted by weekly flights were Ryanair (1,400), Jet2.com (240), easyJet (67) and Pegasus Airlines (53). Ryanair accounted for just over two-thirds of all weekly seats.