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User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4119 posts, RR: 29
Posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2216 times:

Hello all

EasyJet Switzerland's marketing chief Philippe Vignon today confirmed that Basel-Mulhouse is a possible new hub for his airline. Out of originally 80 airports that were in talks with EasyJet, 20 were invited to EasyJet's headquarters in London. Now 5 possible new hub cities are remaining and BSL is one of them. However he did not mention the other 4 remaining cities.

Any guesses? Comments?

Regards,
RJ100


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User currently onlineDIJKKIJK From France, joined Jul 2003, 1803 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2195 times:

1. Amsterdam Schiphol ?

2. Brussels Charleroi (to finger Ryanair) ?

3. Stockholm Arlanda (again to finger Ryanair) ?

4. Paris Orly ?

I'm surprised about Basel-Mulhouse, why not Geneva Cointrin instead?




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User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4119 posts, RR: 29
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2163 times:

Well Geneva is already a hub for EasyJet but I'm not sure if the Geneva market is so big to base another 6 aircraft there.

Regards,
RJ100



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User currently offlineMika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2881 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2123 times:

I'm praying to the gods above that Göteborg City Airport (GSE) is one of the candidates (Probably isn't though). Man would it make my day if EasyJet decided to set their scandinavian hub here.

User currently offlineStarFlyer From Germany, joined Sep 2002, 987 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2109 times:

Germany is off for EZY, after their failed purchase of DBA?


Yours truly - StarFlyer
User currently offlineVfw614 From Germany, joined Dec 2001, 4004 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1982 times:

No - why should it be off ? The problem was the cost structure of DBA, not so much the German market. The question is whether there are interesting markets left in Germany and if the airport can handle a five-six aircraft operation space-wise. After all, a lot of German airports have a LCC base carrier already while others have no slots available (DUS, FRA). We shall see.

User currently offlineFlying_Tuur From Belgium, joined Aug 2001, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1834 times:

Amsterdam Schiphol is already a hub for easy, they don't have a permanent base overthere, but they are the 3rd operator out of Schiphol at this time. EZ also flies to Orly currently (is even a temporary crew base, possible to become permanent)
The talks with the airports is, as far as I know, to attract NEW destinations in the easyJet network. Don't know about Charleroi, it is EZ policy not to fly to regional airports as Ryanair does, but to operate on the 'real' airports, so it would be Brussels Zaventem if they were interested in Brussels - which I doubt, Ryanair in Charleroi and Virgin Express in Brussels.
I reckon EZ will try to get some destinations without interfering to much with Ryanair, yet. What about eastern Europe? I don't think there's a lot of competition on those routes for a low cost operator... Maybe a good idea to get easyJet known to that growing market, before they will know Ryanair...


User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 31
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1819 times:

I would have guessed, that Paris Orly had he best chances. But now, that SWISS is reducing BSL activities, perhaps BSL has better chances now.

But still, I guess, Paris is more lucrative, with a bigger market potential.

Cheers
Gerardo



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User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4119 posts, RR: 29
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1771 times:

From the market potential Orly, Amsterdam and even Stockholm have the best chances. But in these cities you have to share the cake with a lot of different airlines.

As Gerardo has already mentioned, LX is reducing traffic at BSL below minimum. This opens new space for new airlines.

Regards,
RJ100



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User currently offlineKL911 From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2003, 5141 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1762 times:


MRS would be likely as well, since they are based there since 15 july ( Orly ) and the French south coast is popular year round....
.... And it would be good for me......

Bastiaan


User currently offlineThomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2388 posts, RR: 28
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1693 times:

Well, Patrick Vignon and his counterpart in the West of Switzerland, Tom Wepfer, have been announcing a major expansion at Zurich for years, applied for slots and nothing happened. Once they even announced they would like to start a six times daily Zurich-Geneva shuttle and flights from Zurich to Liverpool, Amsterdam and London Heathrow at once. Yet, nothing happened yet. It's the same with Geneva, new routes to Madrid, Malaga, Rome etc. have been announced by those guys every year but nothing happened ...


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User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4119 posts, RR: 29
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 1588 times:

You have a point there Thomas. But EasyJet takes delivery of new planes, right? So they have to place these aircraft somewhere...

I think the Zurich option is gone, there are too much differences between the airport and EasyJet.

Regards,
RJ100



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User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24936 posts, RR: 56
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 1574 times:

Wouldnt be surprised if it was Belfast  Big grin


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User currently offlineF.pier From Italy, joined Aug 2000, 1524 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 1569 times:

If I were in Easyjet CEO I would focus on Italy, because it's a large market and they demonstrated to love low cost carriers.

I would choose VBS because it's not far from Milan and from Verona and, differently from what is happening in BGY, it's not overcrowded.

I think that choosing VBS as a hub would be a very good decision.


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 1571 times:

I am not sure if NCE already is a hub or not - there's U2 flights from NCE to ORY/CDG/STN/LTN/BRS/LPL/GVA/AMS already, but there are no aircraft or crew based down here. One aircraft does overnight here, to operate the 0720 LTN flight.

User currently offlineTeva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1872 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 1524 times:

As RJ100 mentionned, next year, they will start to receive their 320s.And they have to put them somewhere.
I think BSL is the best option.
Why? Crossair proved how succesful it can be. But today Crossair is not here anymore and Swiss has transfered most of the flts to ZRH.
As a result, you have a brand new airport, efficiently designed. And it is almost empty.
And you have a large customer base, on 3 countries, giving you opportunity for business and leisure travel 365 days per year.
I really hope it will be BSL. (If not BSL, then my second choice is MLH  Big thumbs up )
Teva



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User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 31
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 1521 times:

F.pier, your choice VBS doesn't have anything to do with the place, where you are living right now, does it?  Wink/being sarcastic Wink/being sarcastic

As Thomas said, I think, that ZRH's options have vanished. GVA could be increased and BSL of course, but looking at the market potential, In my opinion, ORY would be the winner. Easyjet were granted tons of slots there....


Cheers
Gerardo



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