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New Route of the Day (1 April 2024): easyJet between Palma de Mallorca and Montpellier

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easyJet chose the first day of April to inaugurate its new service between Palma de Mallorca and Montpellier. The 460-kilometre journey will be maintained 2-weekly, on Mondays and Thursdays, with a mix of A319 and A320 aircraft. The LCC faces no competition on the route.

What they said

Reginald Otten, Country Manager for France and Morocco at easyJet, said: “As the second largest airline in France, easyJet is now offering a new international service between France and Spain. As the leading regional airline in France – outside of Paris and in terms of capacity – easyJet meets the need for fast and affordable connectivity from French regions both domestically and internationally. Thanks to this new service, Montpellier residents will be able to fly to Palma de Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands, and enjoy its wonderful beaches and its historic city centre at the start of the summer season.”

Montpellier targets 1.8 million passengers in 2024

Montpellier Airport ended 2023 with a total of 1.7 million travellers, reaching just over 90% of its 2019 pre-pandemic passenger levels. The solid results were achieved despite the setback of Air Traffic Control strikes which reduced figures by some 35,000 travellers.

The airport aims for an additional 100,000 passengers in 2024, setting an ambitious target of 1,845,000 travellers. During the ongoing summer season, seat capacity will reach 1.5 million, along with a network featuring 87 airports and 42 scheduled direct services.

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With a good mix of legacy and LCCs, Montpellier will be served by 14 airlines this summer. Transavia France will have one of its jets stationed at the airport for the entire summer season, enabling it to expand its network and capacity.

easyJet marks 16 years of Montpellier service

easyJet first launched operations to Montpellier in 2008 with flights to London LGW commencing on 2 May of that year. Since then, easyJet has grown its network, adding flights to London LTN in 2009, as well as Basel in 2014. Palma de Mallorca becomes its fourth destination from the French airport.

Over the past 16 years the airline has launched and discontinued several routes including Rome FCO, Porto, Berlin, and Paris ORY.

This summer, the LCC has 164,286 seats on its Montpellier flights, making it the fourth largest airline at the airport, behind Transavia France, Air France and Volotea.

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