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easyJet to open two new bases in France at Nice and Toulouse

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, operator of Europe's No 1 air transport network and the second largest airline in France, announces today 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*:

  • five new exciting business and leisure, domestic and European destinations, including Toulouse, Nantes and Bordeaux.
  • In total easyJet will offer local consumers a wide choice of 21 destinations with friendly service and low-fares and up to 215 flights per week.

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*:

  • five additional city routes including Basel and Brussels.
  • easyJet will give local business and leisure passengers 16 routes and up to 140 flights per week.

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.

-ENDS-

Notes to editors

* easyJet existing routes from Nice: Basel/ Mulhouse/ Freiburg, Belfast International, Berlin, Bristol, Brussels International, Edinburgh, Geneva, Liverpool, London/ Gatwick, London/ Luton, London/ Stansted, Lyon, Newcastle, Paris/ CDG, Paris/ Orly, Rome/ Fumicino.

* easyJet existing routes from Toulouse: Bristol, Geneva, Lisbon, London/ Gatwick, Lyon, Madrid, Milan/ Malpensa, Nantes, Paris/ CDG, Paris/ Orly and Rome/ Fumicino.

About easyJet:

easyJet operates Europe's No. 1 air transport network with a leading presence on Europe's top 100 routes and at Europe's 50 largest airports.

easyJet flies on more than 569 routes between 129 airports in 29 countries. More than 300 million Europeans live within one hour's drive of an easyJet airport, more than any other airline.

The airline takes sustainability seriously. easyJet invests in the latest technology, operates efficiently and fills most of its seats which means that an easyJet passenger's carbon footprint is 22% less than a passenger on a traditional airline, flying the same aircraft on the same route.

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