easyJet to open two new bases in France at Nice and Toulouse
Friday 7, October 2011
The second largest airline in France continues to invest in the French market by stationing two aircraft each in Nice and Toulouse, reinforcing its strategic position and strengthening its French domestic and pan-European network.
easyJet has announces another step in its expansion in France with the opening of two new permanent bases in Nice and Toulouse - its 21st and 22nd network bases - to be operational by summer season 2012.
easyJet, a long-term player in France, demonstrates with this investment its intention to grow in the French regions and in the country as a whole. The bases in Nice and Toulouse will open during the 2012 summer season with two Airbus 319 aircraft in each base and will bring to five the number of easyJet bases in France (in addition to Orly, Charles de Gaulle and Lyon) with a total fleet of 24 aircraft.
Following the opening of the two new bases, easyJet expects to increase by 10 its regional and European routes (from 27 to 37) on top of its existing operations. Already the second largest airline by market share in France, and the second biggest at both Nice and Toulouse, easyJet flew 12m passengers to and from France in 2011.
With the capacity increase in Nice, the largest airport outside of Paris, easyJet will add to its existing portfolio of 16 routes*:
In Toulouse, where easyJet has significantly grown its operations in a very short time, the airline will offer on the top of its current portfolio of 11 routes*:
Catherine Lynn, easyJet’s Customer and Revenue Director, explains:
“France is a strategic market for easyJet, where the airline - already the country’s second largest - clearly has room to grow. Low cost penetration is only 24% - half the European average. This strategic investment will allow us to strengthen our position in one of Europe’s key markets.
“By making travel easy and affordable for French passengers we’ve firmly established the easyJet brand in France. With these two new bases in Nice and Toulouse - the 21st and 22nd in our network - we will offer more choice to our French leisure and business customers.
“easyJet's commercial performance continues to be robust across our network, with particular strength on city routes used by business and short break leisure travellers. These results demonstrate the success of our strategy and we will continue to build on this trend. These two new bases in France illustrate our aim to turn Europe orange and become Europe's preferred short haul airline.”
The new routes from Nice and Toulouse bases will be on sale from beginning of November 2011 on easyjet.com
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