New French low-cost airline takes off

20th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

REIMS, France, June 19 (AFP) - A new, domestic French low-cost airline, Air Turquoise, took to the skies Sunday, opening budget routes from the north-east city of Reims to Bordeaux, Marseille and Nice.

REIMS, France, June 19 (AFP) - A new, domestic French low-cost airline, Air Turquoise, took to the skies Sunday, opening budget routes from the north-east city of Reims to Bordeaux, Marseille and Nice.  

The inaugural flight of the fledgling company carried 30 passengers, most of them businesspeople, to the Vinexpo wine trade show in Bordeaux onboard a small ATR42-5000 after being seen off by French Trade Minister Renaud Dutreil.  

One-way tickets on the airline will cost between EUR 50 and EUR 200 (USD 60 - USDD240), depending on when they are reserved, demand, and the destination.  

The company, created by former Air France and Air Littoral employees, operates from the Betheny airport outside of Reims that the Irishlow-cost airline Ryanair used up to 2003.  

© AFP

Subject: French News

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