France opens airport for low-cost airlines

25th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

MARSEILLE, France, Oct 24, 2006 (AFP) - France will open its first airport for low-cost airlines Wednesday in the Mediterranean port city of Marseille, with a million passengers expected to travel through the hub in 2007.

MARSEILLE, France, Oct 24, 2006 (AFP) - France will open its first airport for low-cost airlines Wednesday in the Mediterranean port city of Marseille, with a million passengers expected to travel through the hub in 2007.

Adjacent to the Marseille Provence airport, the independent structure will be able to accommodate up to six flights at any given time, and up to 3.5 million passengers per year.

The new facility will boost traffic at France's fourth largest airport, which took a hit with the recent opening of a high-speed rail line between Paris and Marseilles.

Marseille Provence airport -- with a current annual traffic of some 400,000 passengers traveling on low-cost airlines -- "cannot be left out of this sector, which is increasing by 25 percent a year as compared to five percent for the traditional market," said Jean-Francois Bigay, the airport's president.

Even without a dedicated facility, neighboring Nice already handles 3.5 million low-budget travelers per year, he said.

Europe's low-cost heavyweight Ryanair plans to make the new airport its only hub in France, and will begin flights to 14 different destinations in November.

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Subject: French news

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