The EasyJet expansion in Scotland
The company has been encouraged by the success of routes it has launched in recent months, including an Edinburgh to Madeira Funchal service.
Ms Dekkers noted there was a boom in passenger numbers on flights between Scotland and ‘big four’ resort destinations such as Alicante over the summer, partly in response to the poor weather in the UK and the strength of the pound.
Ms Dekkers also said the company has been very pleased with the response to a service linking Aberdeen with Geneva in Switzerland which it launched in December last year, partly to appeal to skiers.
She noted this showed that people in the Aberdeen catchment area welcomed being able to fly to overseas destinations direct, without having to go via London.
The Scottish Government could help encourage the development of new routes by scrapping Air Passenger Duty when control over the tax passes to Holyrood.
The Scottish Government has proposed cutting the duty by 50 per cent by the end of the next Scottish Parliament, expected to be in 2021. It is consulting airlines and business and environmental groups on the proposed changes.