French growth at CPH: easyJet opens route to Nantes

The number of direct routes from French destinations to CPH has grown from seven to 10 inside two years. In the spring, Nantes will be added to the route map when easyJet commences flights to the historic city by the Loire. This does not just mean more travel opportunities for Danes and people in southern Sweden, but also more French tourists in Denmark. 

13.12.2018

When easyJet opens a direct route from their new base in the city of Nantes, there will be a direct connection between nine French cities and Copenhagen.

”Nantes is an incredibly exciting travel destination for Danes and people in the south of Sweden, just as Copenhagen is an attractive travel destination for French tourists. This gives us reason to believe that there is a passenger potential for the five weekly departures to and from the city in the north-west of France,” says Peter Krogsgaard.

Overnight stay figures from VisitDenmark confirm this. This year, the number of French overnight stays in the Danish capital has increased by 18% and exceeded 200,000.

The greater number of routes means that from the spring of 2019, it will be possible to fly from CPH directly to Nantes, Paris, Lyon, Nice, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Marseille, Mulhouse, Biarritz, and Bastia on Corsica.

”The desire to travel between Denmark and France has gone up quite a bit over the past year. As of the spring of 2019, we expect a passenger number growth of more than 8% on the routes - and this will include Danes travelling south as well as French citizens flying to Copenhagen for a city holiday,” says Peter Krogsgaard, Commercial Director at Copenhagen Airport.

The new easyJet route commences operations on 2 April 2019 with three weekly departures: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. A couple of months ago, Transavia France announced their intention to also open a direct route from Nantes to CPH with two weekly departures, Thursday and Sunday.

The wealthy city of Nantes is located at the mouth of the longest river in France, the Loire - a mere 50 kilometres from the coast. The 613,000 inhabitants are not just proud of their cuisine, the wonderful architecture of the city, and the many historic buildings in the Loire Valley and beautiful castles such as Saumur, Villandry, and Chenonceau to the east of the city, but also of the famed novelist Jules Verne, who was born in Nantes. The city is also an excellent starting point for excursions to Brittany, to the north-west of the city, and the amusement parks Puy du Fou and Futuroscope, one and two hours’ drive, respectively, south-east from the airport.

In addition to the city itself and the incredibly beautiful surroundings, one of the most amusing attractions is probably ”Les Machines de L’ile” in the city itself, where you find constructions of fantastic fairytale creatures with inspiration from Jules Verne and Leonardo da Vinci.

Facts

  • easyJet services Nantes with an Airbus A320-200 with seating for 186 passengers.
  • Departures are on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The first flight will be on the 2nd of April, and the route will be open all year.
  • The arrival airport is only 11 kilometres from the centre of Nantes, or 18 minutes by car.
  • easyJet has 13 direct routes out of CPH, and Nantes will be the airline’s 14th.
  • easyJet also services Lyon, Paris, and Mulhouse/Basel in France from CPH.