Marseille airport lures low-cost airlines

6th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 6 (AFP) - The Marseille-Provence airport plans to set up cheap facilities and services starting in 2006 to attract business from low-cost airlines, management said Thursday at a press conference here.

PARIS, May 6 (AFP) - The Marseille-Provence airport plans to set up cheap facilities and services starting in 2006 to attract business from low-cost airlines, management said Thursday at a press conference here.

"Airport development is made possible through the capacity to offer prices adapted to each market segment," said Richard Korsia, president of the airport.

The project, which calls for an investment of EUR 14.5 million (USD 17.6 million) of which EUR 7.6 million will come from local Bouches du Rhone authorities, includes plans for an old freight hangar to be renovated to handle six airplanes and offering bare-minimum services for passengers.

The facilities and services would help airlines reduce handling costs by 20 to 40 percent by cutting the time needed to turn an airplane around for the next flight.

Six European low-cost airlines, including easyJet, already use the airport.

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