Low-cost carrier easyJet has opened its 30th base in Europe at Bordeaux Airport as France continues to be a central part of the carrier’s strategy.
The airline will place three new Airbus A320s at Bordeaux this summer and will offer over 400,000 extra seats and its investment has grown by 21 per cent in 2018 reaching 2.4 million seats.
This summer, the easyJet will be servicing three new city routes (Luxembourg, Tel Aviv and London Southend), five new beach routes (Catania, Faro, Heraklion, Ibiza and Rhodes) and one domestic (Bastia).
Chief executive officer, Johan Lundgren said: “I am very pleased to be here celebrating our new base in Bordeaux. My priority is to help easyJet to continue to go from strength to strength and our expansion in France, our largest European market where one quarter of all easyJet passengers start or finish their journey, supported by today’s new base, entirely supports this aim.”
Bordeaux represents over 11 per cent of the total operation of easyJet in France and the
new base together with the expansion across the other French airports brings easyJet’s total capacity in France to 22 million seats, an increase of six per cent versus 2017.
Lundgren added: “France is our second biggest market and we see great loyalty and a strong appetite for direct flights to short haul destinations, especially domestics where we will be adding 25 per cent capacity this year.
“This investment will also reinforce our commitment to support business travelers’
demand expanding our domestic routes, and allowing them daily return trips to three
business centers (Geneva, London, Lyon) with early departures in the morning.
Bordeaux Airport head, Pascal Personne said the gateway’s billi terminal, where easyJet is located will offer the company scope for development.
He added: “Low cost flights in Bordeaux represented three million passengers in 2017, which is almost 50 per cent of airport traffic. billi traffic will potentially grow by 50 per cent before 2021.
“easyJet will undoubtedly be the main driver of this growth. billi has been reassessed
to accommodate the increase in traffic generated by the opening of the base but we
are already working on the 2021 expansion.”