Easyjet expands routes in southern France, including new flight to Denmark

The low-cost airline Easyjet has announced the expansion of its services to and from the French Riviera, including a new direct flight to Copenhagen.

Easyjet expands routes in southern France, including new flight to Denmark
Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP

Easyjet revealed to French newspaper Le Figaro that it will be opening the new Nice to Copenhagen service from summer 2023. 

It will also be expanding many of its existing services from Nice, and keeping them going through the winter.

From November 1st there will be;

  • Six weekly flights to Lisbon
  • Twelve daily flights to Paris – eight to Orly and four to Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle.
  • One daily flight to Rome
  • One flight during the week and two at weekends to Marrakech
  • A daily flight to New York

Easyjet now represents a third of all traffic in and out of Nice airport, and in 2019 transported 4.8 million passengers.

Since 2019, the French government has banned domestic flights where there exists the option of taking a train in two-and-a-half hours – the Paris-Nice route escapes that ban because the journey by train takes five and a half hours.

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French airline staff threaten strikes over Christmas

Unions representing cabin crew on several airlines have threatened to take strike action over the Christmas holidays in a series of increasingly bitter pay disputes.

French airline staff threaten strikes over Christmas

Cabin crew for Air France have already outlined dates for possible strike days, while unions representing staff at Easyjet and Ryanair are threatening “massive disruption” unless their demands are met.

The SNPNC-FO union, which represents cabin crew working in France, is calling for pay increases for its members working for budget airline Easyjet, warning that if no agreement is reached there will be a “very high risk” of walk-outs over Christmas.

Strikes, prices and services – what you need to know about travel over Christmas 2022

No exact dates have been proposed yet, but the union says that the current pay offer does not cover the rising cost of living, adding “the management will be responsible for the disruptions suffered by our customers”.

Cabin crew at Air France have filed a provisional strike notice from December 22nd to January 2nd, although whether staff actually walk out depends on how the pay negotiations go.

“This notice should serve as a warning to our management,” explains a union leaflet. “If this warning is not heeded, only a strong mobilisation will be able to tip the balance.”

So far the only confirmed strike action is at Air Antilles and Air Guyane – which mostly run flights between France and the Caribbean and French Guyana. Their staff will be walking out between December 17th and December 22nd, unless there is a breakthrough in pay negotiations. 

Ryanair crew working in Belgium have also threatened strike action over Christmas, although so far their French colleagues have not revealed any strike plans. 

Things look better for rail and ferry travel, with no strikes currently planned – although anyone with a trip to the UK planned should be aware of strike days planned by British rail staff over the Christmas and New Year period.

French airport ground staff and air traffic controllers won themselves a pay rise after strike action over the summer holidays. 

You can find all the latest strike information for France on our strikes page HERE.