When people think of budget airlines, they think of a cheap airline that just wants to get as many people to fly as possible. They typically do not think of an airline that will donate money to help save a holiday, like Christmas. Well, that is just what easyJet has done. The Luton council has announced that easyJet invested a huge amount of money in order to make sure that Luton’s Christmas lights stay on this year.
This donation came after the Luton council said in May that it was going to have to cut the Christmas lights that the city typically puts up this year. Due to budget problems, the council said that it simply could not afford to put up these lights, which can cost between £13,000 and £15,000 to run. This includes paying people to put up the lights and the cost of running the lights. After all, electricity prices have been going up as of late, and the last thing that the council wants is a huge electricity bill. They know that people really love these lights, but the city budget simply would not allow it this year.
EasyJet, who has been based in Luton for nearly 18 years now, said that it was not going to let that happen. It said that it was time for them to give back to the community. The best way that they could come up with to do that was to donate the money needed to run the Christmas lights this year. This way, the city of Luton saves the money, and residents still get to see their Christmas lights.
Hazel Simmons, who is the council leader for Luton, said that she was extremely grateful for what easyJet has done. It was a very nice gesture and one that will see the town illuminated once again. She also pointed out that it is nice to see a big company like easyJet giving back to the community that has supported it for so long.
For the past 20 years, Luton has always dressed up the city in lights. These lights are typically put up between Town Hall and George Street. People come from all over to view the lights, and people who live in the city say that they look forward to it every year. When they heard that this would be the first year in 20 years that the city did not put up lights, a lot of people were upset. Others stated that they were worried because it showed just how bad off the council really was.
Of course, the lights are going to be a little different this year. As a way to thank easyJet, all of the lights that go up this year will be orange. This will be done because orange is easyJet’s brand color. It is just a way of saying thank you, and it is also part of the new agreement. EasyJet will literally be painting the town orange.