easyJet signs agreement with Air Berlin

Released : 30 Oct 2017 07:00

RNS Number : 8991U
easyJet PLC
28 October 2017
 

27 Oct 2017

 

 

easyJet signs agreement with Air Berlin

 

 

This announcement contains inside information.

 

easyJet today signed an agreement with Air Berlin to acquire part of its operations at Berlin Tegel Airport for a purchase consideration of €40 million. This excludes potential start-up and transitional operating costs. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close in December 2017.

 

The acquisition will result in easyJet entering into leases for up to 25 A320 aircraft, offering employment to Air Berlin flying crews and taking over other assets including slots. easyJet has launched a recruitment campaign to attract around 1000 of Air Berlin's pilots and cabin crew who will be recruited over the coming months and will then be trained on easyJet's safety and operating procedures. In line with easyJet's business model they will be employed on local, German contracts under collective labour agreements negotiated with ver.di.

 

This agreement is consistent with easyJet's strategy of purposeful investment in strong number one positions in Europe's leading airports (or number two to a legacy incumbent). This will enable easyJet to operate the leading short haul network at Tegel connecting passengers to and from destinations across Germany and the rest of Europe. This is in addition to easyJet's existing base at Berlin Schönefeld and would mean that easyJet would be the leading airline in Berlin.

 

easyJet will make announcements on the new routes and services to be flown to and from Tegel in due course. easyJet will operate a reduced timetable at Tegel during the winter season but plans to operate a full schedule from the summer season 2018. 

 

easyJet looks forward to building on the strong, customer focussed platform it already has in Berlin to fly more passengers, employ more people and support more economic growth in both Berlin and Brandenburg.

 

 

ENDS

 

 

Enquiries should be directed to:

 

easyJet plc

 

Stuart Morgan, Investor Relations                     07989 665484

 

Michael Barker, Investor Relations                    07985 890939

 

Anna Knowles, Communication                         07985 873313

 

 


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