easyJet plans (06-Oct-2011) to open two new and permanent bases in France, at Nice and Toulouse, to be operational by summer season 2012. The carrier will station two A319 aircraft each at the bases, which will be the carrier's 21st and 22nd network bases, as part of efforts to strengthen its French domestic and pan-European network. The expansion 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 handled 12 million passengers to/from France in 2011. Details include:
- Nice Airport: With the capacity increase in Nice, the largest airport outside of Paris, easyJet will add to its existing portfolio of 16 routes. The carrier will add five news destinations from Nice, including Toulouse, Nantes and Bordeaux, for a network from Nice covering 21 destinations and up to 215 weekly services;
- Toulouse: easyJet will offer on the top of its current portfolio of 11 routes with five additional city routes including Basel and Brussels. This will expand the carrier's network from Toulouse to 16 routes and up to 140 flights per week.
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easyJet: “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....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," Catherine Lynn, Customer and Revenue Director. Source: Company Statement, 06-Oct-2011.