EasyJet, the low-cost airline, is using ntl:Telewest Business to provide 300 digital lines linking up four sites at Luton Airport, and to network the company’s datacentres.

The project is the latest step in the airline’s programme to upgrade its networks infrastructure, after recently completing installation of a local area network and IP telephony system at its new corporate HQ at the airport.

EasyJet will deploy the 300 ISDN lines to create a single communications environment that provides voice, data and internet services across the four airport sites. The connection will offer an integrated service that enables users to send information and make calls simultaneously, as well as providing a cost effective way for easyJet to connect workgroups at other locations.

The airline said it had also upgraded the network infrastructure in time for an anticipated seasonal 60% increase in traffic to its website this month. EasyJet expects to carry close to 3 million passengers in January alone, and will be taking bookings for the next 10 months.

The network is crucial to managing web traffic because it will help easyJet to effectively handle any massive spikes in customer demand, by providing fast digital connections between the company’s datacentre and the rest of its network.

Bill Codd, EasyJet’s IT manager, said: “Approximately 98% of all our sales come via our website, so it’s vital that we have the right communications infrastructure in place to be able to meet demand. The network that ntl:Telewest Business has built for us means that we are always in a position to capitalise on customer interest no matter how great the numbers.”

EasyJet’s recently installed a local area network and IP telephony system were put in by the IT services division of Alfred McAlpine.