easyJet pledges support for European 112 Emergency Number campaign
easyJet, one of Europe's leading airlines, has pledged its support for the European 112 Emergency Number campaign.
112 day is celebrated annually across Europe on 11 February and is dedicated to raising awareness for the 112 European-wide emergency number.
There are currently dozens of emergency numbers used across the European Union, however 112 is the only emergency number that can be used to reach emergency services (ambulance, fire-fighters and police) in any EU country, free of charge. European Commission Vice-Presidents Neelie Kroes and Siim Kallas, together with the 112 Foundation, launched a year-long campaign calling on dozens of transportation companies (airlines, trains, ferries) to publicise the 112 number.
Last year easyJet was the first airline to pioneer the use of inflight services to help promote the number and will continue doing so on a more regular basis with increased visibility via the website, corporate activities and the inflight magazine "Traveller". easyJet will also introduce a rolling programme of onboard announcements ahead of major holiday periods on its 600 European routes. Carolyn McCall, Chief Executive of easyJet, commented; "easyJet flies 55 million people around Europe every year and the safety and welfare of our passengers is our highest priority. Three out of four European citizens are still not aware of 112 and that's why we are actively supporting this important plan to raise awareness."
European Commission Vice Presidents Neelie Kroes and Siim Kallas added; "This is the start of a year-long campaign to make people travelling in, or visiting the EU aware of these three numbers that could save their life: 112, Europe's single emergency number. We are delighted that easyJet has joined the European Commission in this initiative". Emmanuel Paul, president of the 112 Foundation, a Brussels based organisation dedicated to the promotion of the European emergency number commented; “Each year, more than 150 million people travel all over the EU, they should all know 112! Now it is time to go ahead; we cannot wait five more years to make European citizens aware of such a vital number!”
easyJet operates Europe's No. 1 air transport network with a leading presence on Europe's top 100 routes and at Europe's 50 largest airports. easyJet flies on more than 600 routes between 130 airports in 29 countries. More than 300 million Europeans live within one hour's drive of an easyJet airport, more than any other airline. The airline takes sustainability seriously. easyJet invests in the latest technology, operates efficiently and fills most of its seats which means that an easyJet passenger's carbon footprint is 22% less than a passenger on a traditional airline, flying the same aircraft on the same route.
About the 112 Foundation:
The 112 Foundation was created to promote the knowledge and appropriate use of the European emergency number 112. Its main objective is to propose information campaign and materials to all citizens and organisations willing to inform and educate on 112.
112 website www.112day.eu