easyJet opens new Nantes base, its 29th in Europe

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easyJet has opened its 29th base in Europe at Nantes Airport and seventh in France.

This base opening is aligned with easyJet strategy of long term investment in France where one quarter of all its passengers starts or finishes their journey.

Operator of Nantes-Atlantique airport since the signing of the concession contract in 2011, VINCI Airports successfully rolled out its inclusive airport development model, in close cooperation with airlines and in particular with easyJet.

VINCI Airports’ model focuses on the improvement of connectivity in the Nantes region benefitting the North West territory local communities; transformation of the customer experience and the roll out of a best in class sustainability policy.

easyJet also unveiled a Nantes based aircraft with a special livery featuring Nantes’ iconic “Chateau des Ducs” that will help to promote the city across the 27 destinations easyJet flies to in Nantes.

Since easyJet started flying to Nantes with a flight from Geneva in 2008, it has carried 6.5 million passengers to and from the airport. With the three new Airbus A320 aircraft based in Nantes, easyJet is able to offer a total of two million seats in 2019, an increase of 37 per cent compared to 2018. easyJet will fly 100,000 new visitors to Nantes in 2019.

easyJet’s investment will provide benefits to the local economy with the creation of 110 local jobs for pilots and cabin crews along with many more being created in the wider local economy.

This base means more choice with 14 new routes, more frequencies especially on domestic routes with a 30 per cent increase, and improved schedule with more early departures that would benefit the 20 per cent of business passengers in Nantes.

easyJet chief executive officer, Johan Lundgren said: “As we celebrate the launch of this new base in Nantes today, we are really proud to continue the airline’s successful expansion in France.

“Over 20 million passengers fly with us to and from France every year: that’s a quarter of all easyJet passengers which shows how important France is to the airline. This base opening is another significant milestone in France for easyJet, now counting seven bases across the national territory from today.

“We remain committed to France and we have big plans for the new base as with three A320 based we are aiming to reach the #1 position in Nantes with 25% market shares, flying 1.8 million passengers this year.

“Our investment in Nantes will provide clear benefits to the local economy in terms of jobs with 110 local jobs for pilots and cabin crew and thousands more being created in the wider local economy.

easyJet will promote Nantes and its region across the 27 destinations we operate from Nantes and I am sure our customers will enjoy our great network and our fantastic crews.

“This attractive and dynamic region has found in easyJet a long term partner for its future development.”