EasyJet is to open a new base in Nantes next spring, 11 years after first launching flights to the city in the west of France.
The airline said it will base three aircraft at the airport, from where it will offer an extra 400,000 seats a year.
It will mean more choice for people living in the region, more regular services to popular destinations and more affordable fares, said the airline.
It will also benefit business travellers, currently representing 27% of the airline’s customers on domestic routes, who will enjoy more options for day return trips, added easyJet.
The opening of the Nantes base will bring easyJet’s total capacity in France to more than 22 million seats including 1.8 million seats in Nantes.
CEO Johan Lundgren said: “France continues to be a central part of the easyJet strategy and it is the largest market in terms of bases outside of the UK. The local market’s maturity, along with customer loyalty and demand, together with the existing and future network investment which will position easyJet as the biggest carrier in Nantes are the main reasons for our decision to open a base in Nantes.”
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