EasyJet plc
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FoundedMarch 1995; 26 years ago (March 1995) by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou
SubsidiariesEasyJet UK
EasyJet Europe
EasyJet Switzerland (40%)
EasyJet Holidays
Parent companyEasyGroup (33.73%)[1]
Traded asLSEEZJ
HeadquartersLuton, England, UK
Key people
RevenueDecrease £3,009 million (2020)[1]
Operating incomeDecrease £(777) million (2020)[1]
Net incomeDecrease £(1,079) million (2020)[1]
Employees14,000 (2021)[2]
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EasyJet plc, styled as easyJet, is a British multinational low-cost airline group headquartered at London Luton Airport.[3] It operates domestic and international scheduled services on over 1,000 routes in more than 30 countries via its affiliate airlines EasyJet UK, EasyJet Switzerland, and EasyJet Europe.[4][5] EasyJet plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. EasyGroup Holdings Ltd (the investment vehicle of the airline's founder), Greek-Cypriot businessman Stelios Haji-Ioannou,[6] is the largest shareholder with a 15.269% stake (as of September 2021).[7] It employs circa 14,000 people, based throughout Europe but mainly in the UK.[2]

EasyJet has seen expansion since its establishment in 1995, having grown through a combination of acquisitions,[8][9] and base openings fuelled by consumer demand for low-cost air travel. The group, along with associate companies EasyJet UK, EasyJet Europe and EasyJet Switzerland, operate more than 300 aircraft. It has 29 bases across Europe, the largest being Gatwick.[10] In 2014, the airline carried more than 65 million passengers,[11] making it the second-largest budget airline in Europe by number of passengers carried, behind Ryanair.[12]

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. Its pilot training scheme was the subject of another ITV television series, easyJet: Inside the Cockpit, which premiered in August 2017.[13]

On 30 March 2020, EasyJet grounded its entire fleet of planes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[14] They later closed three of their bases.[15]

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  3. ^ "Company Profile | Reuters.co.uk". Uk.reuters.com. Archived from the original on 8 October 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
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  5. ^ "EasyJet airline details". theAirDB. Archived from the original on 18 October 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2010.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  6. ^ Haji-Ioannou, Stelios (2005). "Risky business: Why the unpronounceable will achieve the improbable in Britain". economist.com. The Economist. “If you are not failing occasionally, you are not taking enough risk and there is no reward without risk. In America a past business failure is almost a badge of honour. In Europe it is a lasting handicap” —Stelios Haji-Ioannou
  7. ^ "Holding(s) in Company". investis.com.
  8. ^ "EasyJet buys Go for £374m". BBC News. 16 May 2002. Archived from the original on 28 January 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  9. ^ "EasyJet agrees to buy GB Airways". BBC News. 25 October 2007. Archived from the original on 28 January 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  10. ^ "Annual report and accounts 2016" (PDF). EasyJet. p. 13. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 February 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  11. ^ "All Services 2012". Civil Aviation Authority. Archived from the original on 22 November 2019. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  12. ^ "Annual Report 2009" (PDF). Ryanair. p. 3. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  13. ^ "ITV commissions ground-breaking documentary following easyJet's rookie pilots from ITN Productions". ITN. 23 November 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  14. ^ "EasyJet grounds entire fleet of planes due to virus". BBC News. 30 March 2020. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  15. ^ Cite error: The named reference Aug20 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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