EasyJet is adding to its Paris Orly, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Lyon bases with two new French bases operational as from next year.
Toulouse and Nice will join the low cost carrier’s French bases in time for summer 2012 schedules. EasyJet will house two A319 aircraft at both airports, enabling five new routes from Nice to destinations including Toulouse, Nantes and Bordeaux, and five more from Toulouse to cities such as Basel and Brussels.
It’s a big boost for owners of timeshares in France, which is still one of Europe’s top three timeshare destinations despite recent competition from newer, non-euro destinations such as Turkey.
The new Nice and Toulouse routes go on sale at the end of November taking the total number of regional and European destinations EasyJet currently serves to 37 in all. EasyJet is France’s second largest carrier, only behind France’s national airline, Air France.
France is a key market for timeshare as well as overseas property and a huge market for the over 55s – with many Britons having retired there in recent years, and continuing to move to France to retire. Peter Mayle’s bestseller “A Year In Provence” and later Channel 4’s “A Place In The Sun” fuelled a frenzy of French buying and thanks to easy Eurostar connections, more flights and ferries, France’s popularity as a second home and timeshare destination is as buoyant as ever.
Commenting on the news, EasyJet’s Customer & Revenue Director Catherine Lynn noted that no-frills airlines’ penetration in France is only 24% (half the European average). She added that “this strategic investment will allow us to strengthen our position in one of Europe’s key markets.”
To see a complete list of EasyJet’s French destinations visit http://flights.easyjet.com/en/france/cheap-flights and read the regional travel guides here http://flights.easyjet.com/en/france/travel-guide.