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16/06/2011

easyJet and Garda Airports announce the new Verona – Paris flight

easyJet and Garda Airports announce the new Verona – Paris flight

Just a few months after the launch of its first flight between Verona and London, the airline announces a new route

Milan, 16 June 2011 – together with Verona airport, easyJet - Europe's leading air transport network and the third most important airline in Italy – today announces the new Verona – Paris Charles de Gaulle route, with 3 flights a week starting from 1 February 2012, and with prices from € 25.99 one way, inclusive of taxes.

Verona airport joined the extensive easyJet network just a few months ago, with the announcement of the first Verona-London Gatwick flight, which officially began running on 3 June 2011. Just weeks later, this fruitful collaboration continues with the launch of a new route, this time towards the French capital, which is both an attractive tourist destination and a business centre of paramount importance.

"We expect to carry around 30,000 passengers to and from Paris in the first 12 months of operation," said Frances Ouseley, easyJet Manager for Italy. "The performance of the London Gatwick flight is excellent, with 3500 passengers carried in just two weeks and 20,000 tickets already sold for the coming six months. We are sure that the new flight for Paris Charles De Gaulle will be just as successful, and we hope that the collaboration with Verona Airport will continue to be as profitable as it has so far".

The Chairman of Verona Airport, Fabio Bortolazzi, added: "easyJet's desire to expand its presence in Verona, confirmed this morning with the announcement of the launch of the new route, is an important event for both the airport and the surrounding area, both for the tourist business it will bring in and for the service the flight will offer local businesses. Today the three largest low-cost airlines in Europe are present in Verona, operating almost 100 flights a week and with major plans for expansion. These companies transport 139 million passengers in Europe, and in just four years have doubled the volume of traffic they operate. The recent analysis conducted by KPMG for Enac showed that in Italy, low-cost companies are able to account for 50% of incoming traffic, with a direct impact on spending in the country and able to trigger further commercial exchanges from which additional economic benefits can be derived".

The new route will be operated with an Airbus A319, and is available on the website www.easyJet.com.