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Lyon Saint-Exupery welcomes easyJet

Low-cost carrier easyJet has unveiled its new base at Lyon Saint-Exupery airport.

Low-cost carrier easyJet has unveiled its new base at Lyon Saint-Exupery airport (LYS) which will allow passengers more choice when it comes to travelling to and from France.

The base at Lyon is part of a €600 million (£474 million) investment which will see easyJet increase the number of aircraft based in France from six to 20.

It will also be welcoming an extra six million passengers by 2011 – with easyJet’s new base marking the first low-cost carrier to provide French domestic flights outside of the capital, Paris.

Over the next few months, a series of new routes will be introduced from Lyon, with easyJet planning to fly to destinations including Bordeaux, Biarritz and Toulouse.

Routes will also be offered outside of France, with passengers being given the chance to jet off to hotspots such as Marrakech, Venice, Lisbon and Casablanca.

Andy Harrison, easyJet’s chief executive, said: "easyJet’s unique combination of low fares, care and convenience has proven to be very popular in France over the last 12 years, and there is a strong desire among consumers for more choice."

This week, figures from easyJet revealed that it flew 3.73 million passengers in March – up 20.5 per cent on the same month in 2007.

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