Seats have gone on sale today (December 17) for three new easyJet routes from Gatwick which start in May.
The new links will serve Aberdeen in Scotland, Bilbao in Spain and the Sardinian capital of Cagliari.
The no-frills airline is also adding more frequencies on existing domestic and international routes to cater for “a significant increase in demand for flights and holidays”.
easyJet said it expects “a rapid return to flying once restrictions are eased” so it will base four more aircraft at the airport, taking its fleet up to a record 71 aircraft by next summer.
It can launch the three new routes and increase its existing network thanks to having gained further slots at Gatwick.
Gatwick-Aberdeen flights will operate daily from May 2 with one-way fares now available to book from £36.99.
Also starting on May 2, the service to Bilbao will operate four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, with fares from £34.99.
The Gatwick-Cagliari service starts on May 4 and will operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer, with fares from £36.99.
Ali Gayward, UK country manager for easyJet, said: “In anticipation that demand for travel will return – and having recently seen signs of growing confidence by our customers in making plans for travel next spring and summer – we continue to strengthen our network at Gatwick, providing more key direct domestic connections from London and more opportunity for customers to book a trip to look forward to.
“Returning customer momentum has been supported by the welcome news of the vaccination roll-out, which will enable normal life to resume; including travelling again for work, to visit friends and family, or for a much-needed holiday.
“Thanks to the decisive actions we have taken throughout 2020 we are ready to bounce back and capture demand as it returns.”
Stephen King, head of airline relations at Gatwick, added: “Aberdeen in particular has been a very popular service in the past.
“Bilbao and Cagliari are two great destinations for either a long weekend break or a family holiday.”
Routes that will see increased frequencies next summer will be Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, the Isle of Man, plus destinations in Greece, Italy, Portugal, the Canaries and Turkey.