easyJet announces its first European maintenance station at Berlin

15 / 01 / 2020

Recruitment activities for over 80 new local employees as maintenance engineers and support staff

Investment and long-term commitment to the economic development of the region including plans for an apprenticeship scheme for future engineers

 Berlin, 13 January 2020 – easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, has today announced the investment into its first European maintenance station at Berlin to perform line maintenance on its fleet of Airbus aircraft. Increasing the maintenance work performed in-house further demonstrates easyJet´s long-term commitment to its Berlin operation and engagement in the region.

The operational easyJet line maintenance at Berlin-Schönefeld will be insourced from early summer 2020 with a move to BER from October 2020 onwards.

This new work is an integral part of helping the airline run a safe and reliable operation with increased oversight and management of all aircraft maintenance activity at Berlin through the recruitment of an onsite team of over 80 new local employees as maintenance engineers and support staff who will carry out scheduled overnight maintenance as well as any required engineering support in the day to day operation. This will include investing into the training of future engineers with plans for a local apprenticeship scheme. For all available easyJet career opportunities and upcoming Open Days, visit http://careers.easyjet.com/

Stephan Erler, easyJet’s Country Manager Germany commented:

“We decided it makes sense to have a dedicated maintenance station here in the Berlin-Brandenburg region where we are the largest airline and we employ more than 1,500 pilots and cabin crew on local contracts.

“In the last 15 years, we have continually invested in the expansion of our Berlin operations, always with a long-term and sustainable approach to create value for our customers, the region and all of our local stakeholders.

“This investment also marks yet another example of the great partnership between Berlin airport and easyJet as together we are committed to providing efficient, safe and competitive operations and service for our passengers. We are also working in partnership with the airport to ensure the right framework is in place for our operations at BER and to provide the best end to end passenger experience from the day of opening onwards.”

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, Chief Exectuive Officer of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH said:

“We greatly welcome easyJet’s dedication. With the maintenance area, the airline is establishing a new business area and, in doing so, it is creating many highly-qualified workplaces, even before the opening of the new BER airport. The great trust easyJet has placed in the airport is an important sign for BER. Many new workplaces are already emerging at BER airport and this development is only going to be further boosted as the year goes on.”

This investment confirms the objective of easyJet to continue to invest in Berlin where it is the largest carrier with every third Berliner flying with us. With more than 30 aircraft based at Berlin-Schönefeld and Berlin-Tegel, more than 1.500 employees on local contracts, a maximum of 250 daily operations, and more than 12 million passengers carried in the last financial year, easyJet has a market share of more than 30 per cent in the Berlin-Brandenburg region.

easyJet operates a modern fleet of more than 330 Airbus A320 family aircraft and maintains the highest safety standards possible. To ensure the in house maintenance activity supports both regulatory standards and easyJet’s industry leading safety and technical standards, easyJet currently operates two base maintenance hangars in the UK: at London Gatwick and London Luton airports. The airline also runs line stations at London Gatwick, London Luton and Liverpool airports which will be complemented with its first European maintenance station in Berlin from early summer 2020 onwards.

About easyJet

easyJet is Europe’s leading airline offering a unique and winning combination of the best route network connecting Europe’s primary airports, with great value fares and friendly service.

easyJet flies on more of Europe’s most popular routes than any other airline and carries more than 100 million passengers annually – more than 16 million travelling for business. easyJet flies over 334 aircraft on 1061 routes to 159 airports across 36 countries. Over 300 million Europeans live within one hour’s drive of an easyJet airport.

easyJet aims to be a good corporate citizen, employing people on local contracts in eight countries across Europe in full compliance with national laws and recognising their trade unions. The airline supports a number of local charities and also has a corporate partnership with UNICEF which has raised over £13m for the most vulnerable children since it was established in 2012.

The airline takes sustainability seriously and is the first major airline to operate net-zero carbon flights across its whole network. The airline is achieving this goal by offsetting the carbon emissions from the fuel used for all of its flights. The airline sees this as an interim measure until new technology becomes available to de-carbonise aviation. In the meantime, easyJet will continue to support innovative technology, operate efficiently and aim to fill most of its seats. Since 2000 easyJet has reduced the carbon emissions for each kilometre flown by a passenger by over one-third (33.67%) and has a target to reach a 38% reduction by 2022.

Innovation is in easyJet’s DNA – from our launch over almost 25 years ago when we changed the way people fly to the present day where we lead the industry in digital, web, engineering and operational innovations to make travel more easy and affordable for our passengers.

The airline was recently named as Britain’s Most Admired Company of 2019 in the transport sector. Britain’s Most Admired Companies study is the longest-running annual survey of corporate reputation in the UK.