Easyjet expands routes in southern France, including new flight to Denmark

The low-cost airline Easyjet has announced the expansion of its services to and from the French Riviera, including a new direct flight to Copenhagen.

Easyjet expands routes in southern France, including new flight to Denmark
Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP

Easyjet revealed to French newspaper Le Figaro that it will be opening the new Nice to Copenhagen service from summer 2023. 

It will also be expanding many of its existing services from Nice, and keeping them going through the winter.

From November 1st there will be;

  • Six weekly flights to Lisbon
  • Twelve daily flights to Paris – eight to Orly and four to Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle.
  • One daily flight to Rome
  • One flight during the week and two at weekends to Marrakech
  • A daily flight to New York

Easyjet now represents a third of all traffic in and out of Nice airport, and in 2019 transported 4.8 million passengers.

Since 2019, the French government has banned domestic flights where there exists the option of taking a train in two-and-a-half hours – the Paris-Nice route escapes that ban because the journey by train takes five and a half hours.

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Crisis-stricken airline SAS records heavy losses

Troubled Scandinavian airline SAS, which has filed for bankruptcy in the United States, reported deeper losses in the fourth quarter on Wednesday.

Crisis-stricken airline SAS records heavy losses

Net losses amounted to more than 1.2 billion Swedish kronor ($117 million) in the August-October period, compared to a loss of 744 million kronor a year earlier, the company said in a statement.

“As with previous quarters in 2022, the currencies (foreign exchange) and jet-fuel price have brought strong headwinds for our business,” said SAS chief executive Anko van der Werff.

The airline, however, saw the “highest number” of passengers since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, with healthy demand in the summer, van der
Werff said.

The airline, which cut 5,000 jobs in 2020, is preparing for “substantial recruitments and rehirings” to meet the expected increase in demand next
summer, he added.

SAS filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the United States in July — a move allowing a company to restructure its debts under court

Van der Werff said the airline expected to complete the court-supervised process during the second half of 2023.

Earlier this year, The airline posted a net loss of 1.84 billion kronor ($170 million) for the May-July period, compared to a loss of 1.33 billion kronor a year earlier.

Earnings were “severely affected” by the 15-day pilot strike between July 4th-19th, which led to the cancellation of some 4,000 flights affecting more than 380,000 passengers, the company said in a statement.