The Promenade des Anglais in Nice babe deserves its name. The British company has indeed easyJet1 dethrone Air France2 to Nice airport. In April, she carried more than 260,000 travelers to Nice, which puts it in first place of the airlines of the platform. The orange company boasts 3.16 million passengers to and from Nice since opening in March of a "base" on the spot where the two had slept and where employees are 75 pilots and flight attendants. "It is a little home in Nice, exclaims François Bacchetta, easyJet's director for France. It's been 20 years since we fly. Nice was even the first international destination easyJet one year after the creation of the company. "EasyJet serves 24 destinations from Nice, three London airports (Gatwick, Luton and Stansted). In 2012, the link between Gatwick and Nice even recorded an increase of nearly 10% of its traffic. From January to April, she recorded a traffic growth of 17.5% while the airport as a whole grew by 3.6% during the same period.
Each day, the low-cost airline operates 29 flights. Two destinations have allowed him to climb to the top spot at the airport of Nice Côte d'Azur: London and Paris represent half of its traffic Nice. The British company has even installed a "shuttle" between Paris (CDG and Orly) and Nice 6-8 flights per day. A performance that weakens a little more Air France has opened a base in Nice just before his English rival, but without meeting successful.
Nice, coveted by companies in the Gulf
In Toulouse, the other opened by easyJet in Air France not provincial basis, the record is not as impressive. "Our service between London and Toulouse is not comparable with the Nice service, recognizes François Bacchetta. Toulouse does not attract as the English! "Air France will continue to capture the majority of traffic through the shuttle. But easyJet continues to grow with 20 lines from the Pink City. Asked about the future of the response against the low-cost implementation for three provincial cities (Marseille, Nice and Toulouse), the CEO of Air France repeated that assessment will be made in the fall. Air France has already reduced its capacity since these cities3 to avoid digging his losses short and medium-haul operations.
On the Cote d'Azur, Air France is facing its opponents on short and medium-haul flights. But the Bay of Angels has also become one of the favorite entry doors Gulf airlines in France: Qatar Airways and Emirates have both experienced strong growth in 2012. Nice dessert with Emirates Boeing 777, one of its widebody. Qatar Aiways, serving Nice three times a week, and wanted to get additional traffic rights to operate a daily service, was a refusal of the French government. Furious, the CEO of the company decided to close the line at the end of May.