MoD signs discount travel deal with easyJetOct 25, 2011
The airline, whose UK headquarters are at London Luton Airport, has formed a new partnership with the Ministry of Defence to provide discounted travel for all ranks across the easyJet network.
easyJet expects to carry more than 50,000 MoD passengers a year. Popular destinations include Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Gibraltar and Larnaca.
The deal recognises the government’s significant buying power and easyJet now hopes to secure travel deals with other government departments as well as with private sector companies.
Under the scheme with the MoD, easyJet will offer substantial discounts to its excess baggage charges for armed forces servicemen and women, many of whom often travel with large amounts of luggage including kit bags.
Airline chief executive Carolyn McCall said: “This new partnership will deliver huge benefits and cost savings for the Ministry of Defence, who in this current economic climate are under enormous pressure to deliver savings for the taxpayer.
"easyJet’s aim is to make travel easy and affordable and this new partnership is the first of what we hope will be a series of deals with public and private organisations secured by easyJet’s new corporate sales force.”
Lt Colonel Mike Holmes, head of defence travel, said: “Today’s new partnership represents an excellent opportunity to drive out more efficiencies through smarter procurement.
“The MoD is constantly seeking to identify new business initiatives that will help generate savings and offer better value for money to the customer. This new partnership is the first of its kind with any low-cost carrier and we are delighted with the positive approach that easyJet has adopted.”