Nice is rumored to be on CO
's list of destinations for future European expansion, along with Barcelona, Prague, Newcastle, Copenhagen, Helsinki and a few others. If CO
opened service to NCE
, it would likely be with a winglet equipped 757.
There is also a rumor floating around that CO
is looking at opening flights out of EWR
to several French regional airports - ie, Nice, Marsaille, Lyon, etc. CO
has been very successful with their services to UK regional airports (CO next summer will serve EDI
aside from London) and is thinking about trying to repeat its success with this approach in France. Other airlines have tried, but without success.....but that was years ago, those airlines did not use the very cost-effective and right sized 752 on the routes, and the other attempts did not have the power of CO
hub to support the flights. If the France thing happens, it probably will not be for a couple of years - but CO
may have discovered an interesting niche, with the major European (and US) airlines very focused on European capital city hubs, long haul service out of other European cities seems to fade away. There is certainly demand for nonstop transatlantic service out of most of these "smaller" cities (and most of these cities are indeed quite large) and pax just may be willing to pay higher fares for direct service and avoid crowded hubs like Paris, London and Frankfurt.
is successful with its new services to cities like Berlin and Hamburg, I think we will see further expansion from CO
accross the Atlantic.