easyJet is to turn Nantes Atlantique Airport into a new base – its 7th in France – and from spring 2019 it will station three aircraft at the airport.
The airline has flown to and from Nantes since 2008 and this latest launch will mean more more regular routes to popular destinations and more affordable fares.
easyJet says the move will also benefit to business travellers, currently representing 27 per cent of the airline’s customers on domestic routes, who will enjoy more options for day return trips and satisfy the existing 35 per cent short-breakers with more destinations for weekends in Europe.
The Nantes base will bring easyJet’s total capacity in France to more than 22 million seats including 1.8 million seats in Nantes, representing an extra 400,00o seats locally.
The local economy, already stimulated by an average 450,000 passengers flying to Nantes Atlantique with easyJet every year, will now be reinforced by 100 newly created direct jobs, mainly cabin crew and pilots, with local contracts.
easyJet chief executive officer, Johan Lundgren said: “France continues to be a central part of the easyJet strategy and it is the largest market in terms of bases outside of the UK.
“The local market’s maturity, along with customer loyalty and demand, together with the existing and future network investment which will position easyJet as the biggest carrier in Nantes are the main reasons for our decision to open a base in Nantes.”