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EasyJet Switzerland Eyes Further Growth  
User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4126 posts, RR: 29
Posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4121 times:

According to several sources, easyJet Switzerland plans to increase it's services to/from GVA and BSL possibly already as of autumn with increasing service on existing routes and adding new destinations. easyJet mentions new destinations could be in Morocco, Croatia and Turkey.

Speculation is open!  Wink

No doubt GVA/BSL to Marrakech would do well (vacation/ethnic travel) as well as GVA/BSL to Croatia which is an increasing holiday destination. And there are so many people from Croatia living in Switzerland.
Soon they will start BSL-SAW so I guess GVA-SAW will follow. An interesting route could be BSL-Izmir...but we shall see.

easyJet Switzerland is currently employing approx. 350 people in GVA and approx. 150 in BSL. Currently 7 aircraft based in GVA and 4 based in BSL.

Any thoughts?

Regards,
RJ100


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User currently offlineEZYAirbus From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2462 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4045 times:

Just 1 or 2 thoughts.....

I cant really see GVA/SAW being launched when BSL already has it, there is the possibility that you could see either GVA or BSL launching RAK, possible expansion to Croatia too, already have Rijeka and Split maybe we could see Zagreb launched, possibly Dubrovnik in Serbia too. On a side note, the promised expansion in GLA isnt looking too good, the SXF proving route for GLA isnt doing well aparently, loads are very small, hopefully it will pick up in the next few months and we'll see what happens. If i hear anything at work with regards to BSL/GVA expansion ill be sure to post it here first.....one rumour i have heard at work is they thinking of returning to ZRH from LTN

Glenn



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User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1843 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4026 times:

Seeing as I live in BSL, I'm all for it obviously. Easyjet is still cheaper than flying stand-by! I just wonder if they may not be having problems in filling their planes from BSL. Their prices ex BSL have not increased in the same way they have ex GVA for example. Would be cool if they returned to ZRH but it does seem a bit far fetched after the big drama Easyjet made last time upon quiting ZRH.

One way or another, this promises to be very interesting, especially if LX does actually station those RJs in BSL!


User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4126 posts, RR: 29
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3954 times:

@Knightsofmalta: I'm not sure about all the fare discussion (that we already had once  Wink). According to easyJet the base in BSL is breaking even after less than a year of operation (while others need much more time). The planes have good to very good loads. I cannot judge about profitability but if easyJet says they break even then I believe it (and since they expand services they cannot do that bad).
I actually don't think that fares from BSL are too low. A comparison with Geneva can be made but we must remember that Geneva is a well established base since several years. Remember that whenever an airline starts a route they usually start with lower fares and then increase. Most of the routes in BSL are less than a year old. As a frequent easyJet traveller I have the feeling that the fares actually DO increase. The only route that is still a little bit behind is CDG according to my knowledge (not a big surprise with 11 daily AF flights on the Basel-Paris route).

Try to find some low fares from BSL in summer. You pay 500 CHF to get a return to SAW (I have no problems to find a 689.90 CHF fare though)...

@Glenn: Thanks for your input. What i can say is that BSL and GVA do not compete each other (I think some other Swiss members can agree with that). The distance between the cities is just too large. I don't know who has told you the thing about the return on LTN-ZRH but it 100% won't happen if you ask me. easyJet has left ZRH due to high fees and ZRH airport has in the meantime increased fares again (for instance for badges, deliveries to the airport etc.)! Also I read a newspaper article with an easyJet spokesman today who explained that they are currently in talks with a lot of airports- but not with ZRH. The rumour maybe came up because easyJet still holds slots for this route (they do it since they left ZRH).

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 2):
One way or another, this promises to be very interesting, especially if LX does actually station those RJs in BSL!

Yes but one can hope they behave cleverer than in the past. There is room for a second carrier on certian routes out of BSL. But if they just begin with a senseless "blood war" with easyJet they will lose it. What they need to offer is a product that attracts good paying passengers, therefore flight times need to be better than easyJet's. Novartis and Co. have all switched to easyJet in the meantime. And they are very happy...take the AMS flights from BSL for instance. There are two daily flights with Swiss but no same day return (where Novartis customers used to pay up to 1500 CHF in eco) is possible. Since no same day return is possible, they can also fly easyJet (which is cheaper)- and they do it.
What we need is a good addition to the network with ideal flight times for customers. If Swiss can provide this then they are more than welcome to return. If they want to start a stupid war against easyJet then they should stay where they are now!  Wink

Best regards,
RJ100 (ready to book Marrakech and more)  Wink



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User currently offlineEZYAirbus From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2462 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3923 times:

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 3):
I don't know who has told you the thing about the return on LTN-ZRH but it 100% won't happen if you ask me.

Its just a rumour floating around at work at the moment, but as you say it wont happen, with easyJet doing extremly well at BSL (better than expected) it would be stupid to go back to ZRH, I believe it was the increase in landing fees that easyJet left ZRH. I wish BSL all the best with easyJet, id like to go over there one day and see how the operation is doing, I know our LTN-BSL-LTN is very popular, another rumour is that it will go 3x daily in the near future, but who knows, we'll have to wait and see!

Glenn



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User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4126 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3917 times:

Quoting EZYAirbus (Reply 4):
LTN-BSL-LTN is very popular, another rumour is that it will go 3x daily in the near future

Now these rumours are what RJ100 likes! Big grin

Again, thanks for your input and thanks to you easyJet staff for the great product and work. Always feel very well aboard.
Have a nice trip up to CPH, will be cool to have a chat about this topic!

Regards,
RJ100



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User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1843 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3902 times:

Hey RJ100

Since when have you turned Russian??


User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4927 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3902 times:

Quoting EZYAirbus (Reply 1):
possibly Dubrovnik in Serbia too.

Dubrovnik's in Croatia

Quoting EZYAirbus (Reply 1):
On a side note, the promised expansion in GLA isnt looking too good, the SXF proving route for GLA isnt doing well aparently, loads are very small, hopefully it will pick up in the next few months and we'll see what happens.

Why is it European city destinations dont seem to work from GLA. If GLA-SXF doesnt work, perhaps EZY may consider EDI-SXF. European City Destinations seem to work far better from EDI

Quoting EZYAirbus (Reply 1):
one rumour i have heard at work is they thinking of returning to ZRH from LTN

Well there is a vacancy on the route now Helvetic have puulled of it but ZRH will need to have offered EZY a very good deal for them to return



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User currently offlineEZYAirbus From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2462 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3898 times:

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 5):
Have a nice trip up to CPH, will be cool to have a chat about this topic!

If only, i waited for staff travel to drop down on STN-CPH flights, and it well.........never dropped to an affordable price  Sad but, in the next few months, i shall be on a LTN-BSL flight!

Glenn



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User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4126 posts, RR: 29
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3889 times:

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 6):
Since when have you turned Russian??

Since today  Wink Mental support for a good friend of mine.

Quoting EZYAirbus (Reply 8):
i shall be on a LTN-BSL flight!

Too bad but let me know in case you come over here. Shall go for a drink then!

Regards,
RJ100



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User currently offlineEZYAirbus From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2462 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3867 times:

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 9):
Too bad but let me know in case you come over here. Shall go for a drink then!

I shall indeed but do you really mean A drink or several drinks?



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User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4126 posts, RR: 29
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3840 times:

Quoting EZYAirbus (Reply 10):
I shall indeed but do you really mean A drink or several drinks?

As much as you want  Wink easyHotel by the way is located in the city center. Not too far away if someone gets problems to walk home Big grin



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User currently offlineBY738 From Tonga, joined Sep 2000, 2431 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3798 times:

Quoting EZYAirbus (Reply 1):

Always thought SXF was an odd choice from GLA anyway- why they didnt focus on the proven market or include Paris is anyones guess.


User currently offlineBDKLEZ From Ireland, joined Jun 2005, 1735 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3798 times:

We should expect some movement in terms of expansion for EZS in the next number of months.

Regarding ZRH, yes the airline and the airport parted company on pretty bad terms, but at the end of the day business is business, and if a new deal has been struck which is agreeable to both parties then a return to ZRH could be very possible indeed.



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User currently offlineInfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1466 posts, RR: 33
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3625 times:

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 2):
Easyjet is still cheaper than flying stand-by!

Absolutely true. People often don't believe me when I tell them. Plus I know there's a seat for me on the plane.

I've been reading these pages for months now and as from today am officially a member!  spin 



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User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4126 posts, RR: 29
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3609 times:

Welcome  Wink

Couldn't resist to book some more trips on EZS, BSL to PRG and BSL to LIS in June Big grin



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User currently offlineScouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3403 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3602 times:

Does anyone know if the Swiss bases already switched over to the A319 (from the 737s)?


If so we might be able to work out fromt he delivery schedules for the next planes whether an expansion in the Swiss operation is on the cards


User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4126 posts, RR: 29
Reply 17, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3594 times:

Yep, everything is A-319 in Switzerland (apart from some incoming flights). Currently 7 based in GVA and 4 based in BSL.

Maybe they will start some more night flights like BSL-SAW.
I would love to see flights to Moscow too!



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User currently offlineRunway23 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Jan 2005, 2223 posts, RR: 35
Reply 18, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3570 times:

Quoting Scouseflyer (Reply 16):
Does anyone know if the Swiss bases already switched over to the A319 (from the 737s)?

Geneva was the first A319 base for the whole easyJet network, but has had constant expansion since the A319s have been based.

There was an article published today in a Swiss newspaper interviewing the manager of easyjet switzerland. He confirmed that Geneva will see an 8th airplane this fall and that they are considering routes to Marrakesh, Croatia and Turkey from Geneva.

He has also confirmed there is no interest in flying to Zurich again.


User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1843 posts, RR: 19
Reply 19, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3550 times:

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 14):
I've been reading these pages for months now and as from today am officially a member!

Well in that case welcome to airliners-net, infodesk!


User currently offlineGLAGAZ From UK - Scotland, joined Feb 2004, 1983 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3383 times:

Quoting EZYAirbus (Reply 1):
On a side note, the promised expansion in GLA isnt looking too good, the SXF proving route for GLA isnt doing well aparently, loads are very small, hopefully it will pick up in the next few months and we'll see what happens.

Looking at the booking system today it seems the loads are getting better and better. Already the majority of next week's inbound have less than 40 seats left and thats the same for a couple of outbounds. So hopefully the upward trend continues, especially seeing as EZY have eventually got around to doing some advertising.

Gaz



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User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3278 times:

It would be intriguing to see where in Croatia; Split, Zagreb or Dubrovnik.

User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4126 posts, RR: 29
Reply 22, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3074 times:

Just noticed a strange thing on EZY's website. They will begin flights between BSL and SAW on Monday but I cannot find fares until June 12. Are the flights fully booked until then or is there a mistake in the booking system?
Also I noticed that EZY is promoting Berlin-SAW flights... via BSL!!!  Smile

Regards,
RJ100



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User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4126 posts, RR: 29
Reply 23, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3014 times:

Oviously it was a mistake since flights are now back for sale. The first flight on Monday to istanbul has 136 pax booked so far. 90% load factor on the first flight-not bad at all!  Smile

Regards,
RJ100



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User currently offlineLsgg From Switzerland, joined Mar 2005, 577 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (8 years 7 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2856 times:

And why not a link to BOD ?

I mean a GVA-BOD-GVA and a BSL-BOD-BSL route could be interesting...
Bordeau is a growing holiday destination as well as a bisness one. AF fly daily from BOD to GVA (I don't know BSL), but it could be an interesting competion  Smile

EZY has just arrived in BOD from London Luton, do you think there is any chance to see EZS there ?



Swissair forever !
25 Flymunich : Why no new GVA-MUC flights???
26 Gkirk : MUC is a very expensive airport to operate into
27 RJ100 : Basel-Bordeaux is currently operated by AF Régional twice daily with E-145 (just went double daily and increased from E-135 to E-145). Bordeaux is in
28 Post contains images RJ100 : And remember: Tonight easyJet will operate it's first scheduled flight to Turkey ever. EZS1143 will leave BSL with 139 passengers in about four hours
29 HAJFlyer : Are they targeting turkey bound tourists heading to Istanbul for a city trip or the ethnic VFR trade ?
30 Post contains images RJ100 : I think both but of course they will see mainly ethnic travel. The most Turkish people in Switzerland are living in Basel and Zurich- and between the
31 Post contains images RJ100 : Topswiss1143 is on the way to the wonderful city of Istanbul They needed approx. 45 minutes to board this flight. Probably lots of families with kids
32 Post contains links and images RJ100 : A little bit off topic but the easy group is now also mixing up Basel's party scene: www.easycasino.ch Website only in German but too funny Well done
33 Post contains images HBDAN : Just... unbelievable!!! What is coming next? A cinema? A supermarket? A nightclub? Regards, HBDAN
34 Post contains images RJ100 : Mister Vignon from easyJet Switzerland once said that easyCruise on the Rhine river would be a future idea. But your nightclub idea is great! Instead
35 Post contains images HBDAN :
36 Post contains images RJ100 : easyJet Switzerland has now filled slots for the Basel-Munich route. I know that this does not automatically mean they will start the route- but it is
37 Post contains images RJ100 : According to the slots the route could be 3x daily. Seeing the current success of the routes to Germany and Lufthansa's monopoly fares on the same rou
38 BDKLEZ : There is another aircraft planned to be moved to the EZS fleet rather soon. G-EZEB will become HB-JZP. Watch this space![Edited 2006-06-14 22:42:44]
39 HBDAN : Just had the chance to speak with a U2 cpt and he has confirmed me that the aircraft will be moved soon, however MUC is "highly probable" but not off
40 Post contains links BDKLEZ : Already done that one! http://www.easycinema.com/splash/Index.html
41 Post contains images HBDAN : God, it's an empire, not an airline anymore! Regards, HBDAN
42 BDKLEZ : Anyway, back on topic. A snapshot of August ex BSL for easyJet includes, AGP, BCN, ALC, CDG, LIS, HAM, PMI, PRG, AMS, NCE, NAP, MAD ...but you didn't
43 Post contains images HBDAN : and SAW, SXF, STN, LTN, LPL... and probably MUC   Regards, HBDAN[Edited 2006-06-15 11:44:05]
44 Post contains images Humberside : Being picky, but its SAW
45 Post contains images HBDAN : You got me! I just edited it! Regards, HBDAN
46 BDKLEZ : Not IST, but SAW. ...with SXF based A319 and crew. ...with STN based A319 and crew. ...with LTN based B737 and crew. ...with LPL based A319 and crew.
47 Post contains images RJ100 : Being picky, with Liverpool based B-737-700 crew
48 Post contains images BDKLEZ : Nope! LPL is the next base to convert to Airbus!
49 Mika10021 : I think EZJ should start GVA-SKG and GVA-ATH.Also more flights from Germany to other cities in Greece exept ATH should be added. What do you guys thin
50 RJ100 : I think they should start both GVA-ATH and BSL-ATH, leaving Switzerland late evening (22ish) and come back in the early mornings after the night curfe
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