By Helen Massy-Beresford, ATW Daily News
UK LCC easyJet has opened its 30th base, at France's Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport in the south west of the country, underlining the importance of France, its largest market in Europe.
The carrier began flying from London Luton to Bordeaux in 2006 and has carried 10 million passengers to and from the airport since. It now has a market share of nearly 30% at the airport, easyJet said.
It will base three Airbus A320 aircraft there, as well as over 110 pilots and cabin crew, meaning it can offer over 400,000 extra seats this summer from its sixth base in France, the carrier said.
"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," easyJet CEO Johan Lundgren said.
The airline is also introducing three new city routes--Luxembourg, Tel Aviv, Israel and London Southend--and five new beach routes--Catania, Italy; Faro, Portugal; Heraklion and Rhodes Greece and Ibiza, Spain) as well as one domestic route to Bastia on the French island of Corsica.
Bordeaux represents over 11% of easyJet's total operation in France and brings easyJet's total capacity in France to 22 million seats, an increase of 6% versus 2017.