Easyjet takes off again in Nice
May 17, 2022
Preparing for the fall celebration of the 10th anniversary of its Nice base and 26 years of presence on the tarmac at Nice airport, Easyjet was kind enough to answer questions from La Quotidienne. Reginald Otten, Deputy Director of the company, talks about the situation in Nice.
The Daily: How is Easyjet doing in Nice?
Reginald OtteneasyJet Deputy Director for France: “ For the past few weeks, the company’s traffic has been picking up again and well beyond what we had hoped for. And if we look at the level of reservations for the summer period, we are beyond 2019. Here in Nice we offer 39 destinations, two-thirds of which are international. Among the most recent in Brest which will be served from the end of June to October 28 with 3 frequencies per week or Alghero in Sardinia in addition to Olbia with 2 flights per week then 6 in July-August. ”
QL: What about the domestic market?
OR “We already offer direct flights from Nice to Biarritz, Bordeaux, Brest, La Rochelle, Lille, Lyon, Nantes, Rennes, and Toulouse. We could add Strasbourg since we propose to connect Basel Mulhouse airport located just one hour by train from the Alsatian capital. Finally for Paris we offer 7 daily newspapers to Orly and 3 to Roissy. »
QL: Is Europe also one of your priorities?
OR : “The novelty is a strong demand for reservations from the British for the Côte d’Azur departing from airports directly linked to Nice by our company such as London (Gatwick and Luton airports), Belfast, Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Manchester . We are very present in the rest of Europe by connecting Nice to cities in Germany, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland. For Geneva, for example, we offer up to 5 daily flights in July. For Spain we are the only ones to offer access to the three Balearic Islands with connections to Ibiza, Menorca and Palma de Mallorca. ”
QL: And elsewhere ?
OR : “We serve the Maghreb and the Middle East with Marrakech and Tel Aviv. Our model always remains the short and medium-haul with a maximum of 3 hours of flight. We cannot go beyond that.
For example, the service to Tel Aviv, the most distant destination for Easyjet departing from Nice, requires us to mobilize a device for the day. It’s not our model. »
QL: A point on the Nice base?
OR : “The base, created 10 years ago, supports the development of our network. It employs 200 people and has a fleet of five Airbuses. It allows us to adapt to demand by opening new destinations or by strengthening our capacities during major events taking place on the Côte d’Azur such as Mipim in March or the Cannes festival or the Monaco Grand Prix in May. .
Historically, Nice is one of our oldest stopovers created in France 26 years ago. It is still one of the most important in terms of traffic.
Before the Covid crisis, Easyjet handled a third of Nice traffic. Today we are still the leading company in Nice.
The recovery of tourism, the economy or the revival of business tourism on the Côte d’Azur leaves us optimistic about our presence in Nice”.
Interview by Michael Bovas