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Ryanair targets France

The Irish airline announced its plans for growth in France.

Ryanair plans to open ten new lines for winter 2018 as well as four bases (for several dozen airplanes) that should open in the course of the years to come.

The new lines to and from France:

  • from Paris Beauvais airport, to Bratislava (2 flights per week), Malta (2/wk), Prague (3/wk) and Thessaloniki (2/wk)
  • from Marseille, to Bucharest (2/wk), Budapest (2/wk) and Faro (2/wk)
  • from Nantes to London Stansted (4/wk) and Seville (2/wk)
  • from Bordeaux to Valencia (2/wk)

Ryanair also met with several French airports in Paris in order to discuss eventual bases. The company hopes to return to France after closing its only French base at the Marseille-Provence airport in 2011 further to failure to respect France's labor code.

A base, representing a fixed airport where an airplane and its crew are based makes it possible to save on hotels since crew members return home every evening, meaning personnel are local regarding local conditions according to social law.
The primary goal of Ryanair's initiatives is to double the low-cost company's traffic in France and thus grow from around 10 to 20 million passengers per year.

David O’Brien, Chief Commercial Officer at Ryanair declared the company is impatient to open new low-cost services to/from France as well as to create new jobs and grow traffic.

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