//EasyJet willing to work with trade, says CEO

EasyJet willing to work with trade, says CEO

Budget airline chief opens door to trade

Johan Lundgren, the CEO of EasyJet, said that the company would work with the trade on EasyJet Holidays, a major focus for the firm going forward.

The boss of the budget airline highlighted the fact that the sector was an “opportunity that we don’t really capture”, referring to the 20 million EasyJet passengers who also book accommodation. EasyJet currently gets about 350 million unique visitors to its website every year.

“If there are travel agencies out there who want to contribute to EasyJet Holidays, I would definitely discuss it with them,” Lundgren said. “They offer a meaningful service in many places where a company like ours doesn’t.”

When asked about what had interested him in the top job at EasyJet, Lundgren said that “EasyJet really changed people’s lives. You can fly for €50 or €60 – it meant you could easily visit friends and family around Europe. It offered really good value for money.”

Commenting on remarks made by Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary, that competitors were taking advantage of recent industrial strike action, Lundgren said “they are envious…we have pilots who fly our airplanes.”

On Brexit, Lundgren said that he was confident that there would be connectivity between the UK and mainland Europe.

Sam Ballard is a director and co-founder of Waterfront Publishing, creator of ABTA Magazine, Cruise Adviser, Solus and more.