British low-cost airline EasyJet announced on Thursday that it had chosen Malaga to open its second operations base in Spain, which would lead to the creation of around a hundred new jobs next spring.
The airline is currently the third biggest at Malaga Airport in terms of passenger movement, moving almost 2.5 million people last year.
“Until now, Malaga was the most popular destination on our network that did not yet have a base, which is why we are very proud to be able to announce it today,” said Javier Gándara, EasyJet’s General Manager for Southern Europe, on Thursday. Another hub in Faro (Portugal) would also be created, he said.
The opening of a new base in Malaga will mean that this airline will have three A320 aircraft, with a capacity to transport 156 passengers, based at the airport. In addition, it will lead to the creation of around 100 direct jobs for pilots and crew, who, the company says, will be employed on Spanish contracts.
“Malaga is one of the strategic summer destinations for EasyJet. Since the start of operations in the city in 1999, the airline has transported more than 36 million passengers, which places Malaga among the favourite destinations in the company’s network,” said Gándara.
Currently, the airline connects Malaga with 18 European airports. “Reinforcing the international connections that link this tourist destination with other cities of reference in terms of business and leisure tourism, such as London, Paris or Berlin, will contribute significantly to the recovery of the Spanish economy,” he added.
For his part, Turismo Costa del Sol president Francisco Salado described this as “great news that comes at the best time”.
Salado said that ever since he learned that EasyJet was looking to create a new hub, “we let the company know that it had the support of all the public administrations and the private sector”. In those conversations, Salado also informed the airline of the Junta’s proposals to provide PCR testing to open up a safe travel ‘air bridge’ with the UK.