UK low-cost carrier (LCC) easyJet is to base its second Airbus A320neo at London Gatwick Airport, after basing its initial aircraft at London Luton.

EasyJet’s latest CFM International LEAP-1A powered A320neo was delivered July 12, as the second of 100 186-seat A320neos and 30 235-seat A321neos the airline has on order.

“The A320neo is a major step change for our fleet efficiency and will provide a cost-per-seat saving of up to 7% over the current A320, which itself has a cost-saving benefit of up to 8% over the A319,” easyJet UK country director Sophie Dekkers said.

EasyJet flies over 260 aircraft on more than 870 routes. The LCC started flying from Gatwick in 1999 and now has 60 aircraft based there, along with 1,400 cabin crew and 700 pilots, operating 110 routes and carrying more than 16 million passengers annually.

The airline plans to continue growth at Gatwick by adding new routes and deploying larger aircraft, as it replaces 156-seat A319s with 180-seat A320s and introduces the A320neos.

The larger A321neos will start arriving from July 2018, enabling easyJet to grow in slot-constrained airports.

Victoria Moores