Easyjet has strengthened its position in Italy with the opening of a new base at Venice Marco Polo airport.

The airline will operate four A319 Airbus aircraft from Venice with plans to increase capacity by 35 per cent to 2.4 million seats.

Easyjet said with the investment in the new base it will increase the number of weekly flights by up to 45 per cent.

Ten new routes are being introduced, including four-times weekly flights to Edinburgh from February 3, and four-times weekly services to Bristol from March 23.

Easyjet will also add routes to Bordeaux, Copenhagen, Olbia (Sardinia), Prague, Stuttgart, Menorca, Mykonos and Santorini, bringing the total number of Easyjet services from the airport to 25.

The carrier also operates up to six flights per day to and from London and Paris.

Easyjet CEO Carolyn McCall said: “We started our operation here in 1998, and since then have invested greatly in Venice carrying over 12 million passengers and becoming the largest airline by far with a current market share of 24.”

She added: “With the opening of the new base in Venice and our expansion in Milan and Naples Easyjet will be providing Italian customers and companies with better choices to travel across our leading network.”

Easyjet also plans to expand its services at Milan Malpensa and Naples airports this year, but will no longer base aircraft at Rome Fiumicino from April.

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