easyJet announces bases in Nice and Toulouse

easyJet is to base two aircraft each in Nice and Toulouse, thus strengthening its French domestic and pan-European network.

The two new permanent bases will be easyJet’s 21st and 22nd and will be operational by summer season 2012. Two Airbus A319s will be placed in each base and will bring to five the number of easyJet bases in France (in addition to Paris Orly, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Lyon) with a total fleet of 24 aircraft.

Following the opening of the two new bases, easyJet says it expects to increase by 10 its regional and European routes (from 27 to 37) on top of its existing operations. easyJet flew 12 million passengers to and from France in 2011.

Catherine Lynn, easyJet’s customer and revenue director, explained, “France is a strategic market for easyJet, where the airline 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,” added Lynn. “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.”

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