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Hello Airbus: Vueling To Start New Hub In Toulouse  
User currently offlineOP3000 From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1784 posts, RR: 2
Posted (4 years 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3925 times:

As reported by Spanish newspaper EL PAIS, Iberia's LCC subsidiary Vueling will open up a hub at TLS. It will replace the small hub that Clickair had in Paris, and will count initially.

http://www.elpais.com/articulo/econo.../elpepueco/20101109elpepueco_5/Tes - In spanish
http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...vueling-to-open-toulouse-base.html - In english

As noted in the article Toulouse's population is less than 500,000, making it France's 4th largest city. But more importantly, it is the fastest-growing, youngest in average age, and has the highest percentage of managerial and professional-level people. All good features for an LCC.

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User currently offlinegoldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1857 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3747 times:

the article mentiosn they want to serve Paris with (one ?) flight. This is ridiculous as this route is already crowded with AF (30+ daily) and U2 for the LCC (5 or 6 daily). They should concentrate on other routes IMO.

User currently offliner2rho From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2742 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3295 times:

An interesting move. Their former base in CDG was facing too much competition, whereas there are other "secondary" cities in Europe that could be ripe for picking. U2 has built up more and more presence in TLS over the years, and that will be their main competitor there.

* Four of the destinations will be new: PSA, VCE, AGP, IBZ. Basically popular holiday destinations that are currently difficult to get to from TLS.
* AMS is currently an expensive KL monopoly route, so VY should do well.
* Paris (ORY I assume) is already very crowded with AF + U2, I don't understand this move.
* BCN would be to feed into the VY network and even OW's new long-haul routes. I guess the current Air Nostrum flight would therefore be eliminated in favor of VY? There is also significant O&D between the cities, but the distance is short enough to be driveable.

Quoting OP3000 (Thread starter):

As noted in the article Toulouse's population is less than 500,000, making it France's 4th largest city. But more importantly, it is the fastest-growing, youngest in average age, and has the highest percentage of managerial and professional-level people. All good features for an LCC.

...and almost any flight out of TLS involves passing through CDG first, which opens up possibilities for airlines with a low cost base to offer direct routes, as U2 is increasingly doing in the French provincial cities.


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