RJ100
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Easyjet New Hub Candidates

Mon Aug 18, 2003 9:55 pm

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?

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RE: Easyjet New Hub Candidates

Mon Aug 18, 2003 10:02 pm

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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RE: Easyjet New Hub Candidates

Mon Aug 18, 2003 10:13 pm

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.

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RE: Easyjet New Hub Candidates

Mon Aug 18, 2003 10:25 pm

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.
 
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RE: Easyjet New Hub Candidates

Mon Aug 18, 2003 10:33 pm

Germany is off for EZY, after their failed purchase of DBA?
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RE: Easyjet New Hub Candidates

Tue Aug 19, 2003 12:17 am

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.
 
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RE: Easyjet New Hub Candidates

Tue Aug 19, 2003 3:17 am

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...
 
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RE: Easyjet New Hub Candidates

Tue Aug 19, 2003 3:22 am

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.

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RE: Easyjet New Hub Candidates

Tue Aug 19, 2003 3:56 am

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.

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RE: Easyjet New Hub Candidates

Tue Aug 19, 2003 3:59 am


MRS would be likely as well, since they are based there since 15 july ( Orly ) and the French south coast is popular year round....
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RE: Easyjet New Hub Candidates

Tue Aug 19, 2003 5:38 am

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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RE: Easyjet New Hub Candidates

Tue Aug 19, 2003 7:52 pm

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.

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RE: Easyjet New Hub Candidates

Tue Aug 19, 2003 7:56 pm

Wouldnt be surprised if it was Belfast  Big grin
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RE: Easyjet New Hub Candidates

Tue Aug 19, 2003 7:57 pm

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.
 
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RE: Easyjet New Hub Candidates

Tue Aug 19, 2003 7:58 pm

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.
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RE: Easyjet New Hub Candidates

Tue Aug 19, 2003 8:23 pm

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 )
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RE: Easyjet New Hub Candidates

Tue Aug 19, 2003 8:25 pm

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....


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