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User currently offlineIberiaN From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 166 posts, RR: 3
Posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1959 times:

Hi all!
Easyjet has announced new routes from Asturias (OVD) (a region in northern Spain) to Basel and Paris for 2009, just after the inaugural flight GVA-OVD which started a 3-weekly service yesterday. They already operate a daily service to STN and a 3-time-daily flight to Madrid. Do you think is Asturias likely to become a "small base" for Easyjet in northern Spain? I mean if U2 is likely to base at least 1 A319 at this aiport.

I would really appreciate your suggestions!

Regards!


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User currently offlineBrightCedars From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 1289 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1938 times:

If they are busy with a domestic shuttle to MAD then I guess basing an aircraft may make sense at one point in time to offer an early morning connection OVD-MAD. easyJet usually looks more after business pax and routes than say FR does and so it would make sense as part of such a strategy.

On a sidenote, what is there to see in OVD/Asturias? I could be interested in checking-out the place one day, on their service from CDG or eventually on a service from home in BRU.

By the way, I'm seeing a lot of license plate holders with an Asturias coat of arms around Brussels, any reason for that?



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User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4922 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1839 times:

I would think EZY would want to get 2 aircraft's worth of flights from an airport before basing aircraft there. One aircraft bases for LoCo's are uncommon, though not unknown


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User currently offlineAswissinmad From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 148 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1780 times:

It is definately a possibility, as we even have our own employees there (auto-handling), which is not the case at my base (MAD).

User currently offlineIberiaN From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 166 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1748 times:



Quoting Humberside (Reply 2):
On a sidenote, what is there to see in OVD/Asturias?

Asturias (or Principality of Asturias) is a region in northern Spain. It's famous for its green landscapes (English tourists usually compare Asturias with Scotland) and its smart and sandy beaches. It is difficult to resume Asturias in a post, but here are some tips:

There are three main cities: Oviedo (the capital city) with a rich pre-romanesque history and a rich architecture, including its well known Gothic Cathedral, Gijón, a modern city with large beaches to enjoy as well as a wide range of activities such as the Atlantic Botanical Garden, the brand new Aquarium-spetialized in Cantabrian species- and the Laboral University, recently transformed into an attractive Modern Art Museum. The thirst biggest city is Avilés, also in the coast and with an interesting old town to visit.
An obliged visit if you come to the Principality of Asturias is Covadonga, a Sanctuary situated in the heart of Picos de Europa, the mountains that separate Asturias from León, the region situated in the south.

There are many other touristic sights that you can't miss such as Llanes, Cangas de Onís, Luarca or Cudillero.

For further information, just check the Asturias Information Office site (english):

http://www.infoasturias.com/action/I...ntrada?setLocale=en&metodo=entrada

Oviedo

http://turismo.ayto-oviedo.es/turismo/index.php?lg=en

Gijón

http://www.gijon.info/index.asp

Avilés

http://www.avilescomarca.info/index.asp

Quoting Humberside (Reply 2):
By the way, I'm seeing a lot of license plate holders with an Asturias coat of arms around Brussels, any reason for that?

There is a large Asturian community living in Brussels, but I don't know much about that.


The Asturias airport by the way has a 4-time-weekly service to Brussels operated by Iberia Regional (Air Nostrum) as well as a daily service to ORY.

As an additional tip, just say that Fernando Alonso, the 2times winner of the F1 Championship comes from Asturias, particularly Oviedo.

Hope it helps!

Regards!



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User currently offlineRojo From Spain, joined Sep 2000, 2455 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1730 times:



Quoting IberiaN (Thread starter):
I mean if U2 is likely to base at least 1 A319 at this aiport.

I guess it will depend on how the 3 MAD-OVD flights perform during their first year. Maybe Easyjet could open 2 daily OVD-BCN flights targeting business travelers for a same day return. I took a lot of time for U2 to make the STN-OVD daily (I would say it was because they had to wait for the route to mature). I can see Easyjet slowly consolidating in OVD and will definitely become a base in the future...


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