easyJet plc is a British airline carrier based at London Luton Airport. It is the largest airline of the United Kingdom, measured by number of passengers carried, operating domestic and international scheduled services on over 600 routes in 32 countries. easyJet plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. As of 7 March 2013, it employs “over 8,000 people”, based throughout Europe but mainly in the UK.
easyJet has seen rapid expansion since its establishment in 1995, having grown through a combination of acquisitions and base openings fuelled by consumer demand for low-cost air travel. The airline, along with subsidiary airline easyJet Switzerland, now operates over 200 aircraft, mostly Airbus A319. It has 23 bases across Europe, the largest being Gatwick. In 2012, easyJet carried over 50 million passengers and is the second-largest low-cost carrier in Europe, behind Ryanair. easyJet was featured in the television series Airline broadcast on ITV which followed the airline’s operations at London Luton and later at other bases. easyJet had previously provided in-flight entertainment (IFE) on certain aircraft (the ex GB Airways fleet), using drop-down screens on some Airbus aircraft. During some of 2009 and 2010 it also provided passengers with the ability to rent portable Sony media players with movies and games on selected flights. During 2011 and 2012 Mezzo devices were available to rent on selected flights from Manchester and Gatwick. IFE has now been completely discontinued. easyJet has headphones available to purchase, along with a travel pillow and eyeshades, subject to stock. easyJet provides an in-flight magazine, published monthly, containing articles of interest to its customers and destination guides. As of May 2010, easyJet has been selling copies of Hello, and The Sunday Times, all at cover price. The Times is also available on board, at a price of £1, subject to stock.
easyJet’s five largest bases in order of size are London-Gatwick, Milan-Malpensa, London-Luton, Bristol and London-Stansted. Toulouse airport is currently the airline’s smallest base with 2 aircraft.
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