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Old June 17th, 2007, 12:45 AM   #1401
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Its been said in the media that Porto could possibly be one of the future new hubs of Ryanair!
Hope so..
Ryanair has know 11 routes and a maximum pax capacity of arround 1.300.000 per year at the Porto Airport.

What you think?
What do you think of a Glasgow to Porto route? Ryanair have a large base in Glasgow and have been added a number of new routes recently.
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Old June 17th, 2007, 12:52 AM   #1402
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What do you think of a Glasgow to Porto route? Ryanair have a large base in Glasgow and have been added a number of new routes recently.
Actually I see it with really good eyes.
And thats obvious that ryanair is investing on routes from UK to Porto. Recently they added one to Bristol but we also have 14flights a week to London and 3 to Liverpool.
It would probably be a "crouded" route!
People are sure that those that probably will be started from Porto are Brussels and Rome... But you never know... RYR always surprises us

But are you telling me that Ryanair will soon open new routes from glasgow? Nothing is anounced yet at their Site.
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Old June 17th, 2007, 01:05 AM   #1403
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Actually I see it with really good eyes.
And thats obvious that ryanair is investing on routes from UK to Porto. Recently they added one to Bristol but we also have 14flights a week to London and 3 to Liverpool.
It would probably be a "crouded" route!
People are sure that those that probably will be started from Porto are Brussels and Rome... But you never know... RYR always surprises us

But are you telling me that Ryanair will soon open new routes from glasgow? Nothing is anounced yet at their Site.
If Liverpool to Porto is operating at 3x per week, I think Glasgow to Porto could operate anywhere from 4x weekly to a daily service.

I’m not saying anything is confirmed, just Glasgow is a Ryanair base and they are always adding new routes from Glasgow.

Also Ryanair did say “Glasgow will be connected to all our other bases” so if Porto does become a Ryanair base I would expect a Glasgow route to come with that.
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Old June 17th, 2007, 01:14 AM   #1404
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If Liverpool to Porto is operating at 3x per week, I think Glasgow to Porto could operate anywhere from 4x weekly to a daily service.

I’m not saying anything is confirmed, just Glasgow is a Ryanair base and they are always adding new routes from Glasgow.

Also Ryanair did say “Glasgow will be connected to all our other bases” so if Porto does become a Ryanair base I would expect a Glasgow route to come with that.
Porto a base... is still a dream... But somehow with the opening of Porto-Stockholm this dream became a possible reality. It was said (at least they wrote so) by the President of Porto's Airport that with this new route and the fast growing of ryanair at Porto's Airp a Hub is more than ever a possibility.
This dream started a couple of years ago when they first started negociations but with the time going by the Hub never came... but now they are talking about that again and I know that until the end of this year they have to open a new Base, so why not Porto!?

They will probably add some planes to your base and possibly the two cities will be conected before Porto becoming a Base as well!
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Is anyone else surprised by the number of 2500+ km routes Ryanair is adding lately? Because those distances are really pushing the limits of LCC's if they want to continue to offer their flights for such low prices.

Dusseldorf-Weeze(NRN) - Fuerteventura(FUE) - 3064 km
Dublin (DUB) - Tenerife(TFN) - 2890 km
Dublin (DUB) - Fuerteventura(FUE) - 2842 km
Shannon (SNN) - Tenerife(TFN) - 2758 km
Shannon (SNN) - Fuerteventura(FUE) - 2724 km
Stockholm-Skavsta(NYO) - Porto(OPO) - 2646 km
Stockholm-Skavsta(NYO) - Alicante(ALC) - 2602 km
Stockholm-Skavsta(NYO) - Malta(MLA) - 2556 km
Dublin (DUB) - Malta(MLA) - 2534 km
Dusseldorf-Weeze(NRN) - Marrakech(RAK) - 2506 km
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Old June 17th, 2007, 02:12 AM   #1406
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Is anyone else surprised by the number of 2500+ km routes Ryanair is adding lately? Because those distances are really pushing the limits of LCC's if they want to continue to offer their flights for such low prices.
Well other low cost airlines, such as FlyGlobespan have shown that they can operate 2500+ and make a profit, so Ryanair have followed.

I know FlyGlobespan make alot of extra money on selling food/drink etc on the longer flights such as Tenerife, Cyprus, Egypt etc so for Ryanair it will be the same.
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Old June 17th, 2007, 11:34 AM   #1407
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They can also be exploring the Longhaul flights and its possibility of profit...
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Rolling 12 month passenger totals to April 2007:
EasyJet = 34,831,219
Ryanair = 43,178,403

Percentage increase in passengers since April 2006:
EasyJet = 10%
Ryanair = 19%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in April 2007:
EasyJet = 84%
Ryanair = 83%
Rolling 12 month passenger totals to May 2007:
EasyJet = 35,237,323
Ryanair = 43,767,864

Percentage increase in passengers since May 2006:
EasyJet = 13.8%
Ryanair = 17%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in May 2007:
EasyJet = 83.6%
Ryanair = 82%
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IATA Confirms Ryanair is World's Favourite Airline
http://www.ryanair.com/site/EN/news....=gen-en-130607

Ryanair, Europe's largest low fares airline today (12th June 2007) welcomed IATA's 2006 world airline passenger statistics which confirm that Ryanair carries more international passengers than any other airline.

Ryanair has become the world's favourite airline, carrying more international passengers than Lufthansa, Air France, British Airways and American Airlines by offering the lowest fares and the best customer service.

Welcoming this World No. 1 ranking, Ryanair’s Peter Sherrard said

"Ryanair’s No. 1 world ranking confirms that passengers can't get enough of our guaranteed lowest fares. Just 10 years ago most of the other airlines on this IATA ranking carried ten times more passengers than Ryanair. Today Ryanair carries more international passengers than anyone else in the world. This growth has been delivered by giving passengers exactly what they want; the lowest fares, the best punctuality, the youngest aircraft and no fuel surcharges guaranteed".
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Old June 27th, 2007, 10:23 AM   #1410
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Ryanair threatens to sue EU if it blocks Aer Lingus takeover
26 June 2007

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - Low-fare airline Ryanair vowed Tuesday to sue EU regulators if they blocked its hostile takeover bid for fellow Irish airline Aer Lingus, claiming it was the victim of political bias.

The European Commission has until July 4 to block or clear the deal and has pointed to "serious competition concerns" with the proposed combination of Ireland's two major airlines because it could reduce customer choice and raise fares.

But Ryanair Holdings PLC Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said he expected the EU's executive arm to refuse him permission to buy the former state-owned carrier, a "politically motivated" decision that he said aimed to please the Irish government, Aer Lingus PLC's biggest shareholder.

"This is a nakedly political decision ... It's all to do with looking after the narrow, vested interests of the Irish government," he told reporters in Brussels.

EU spokesman Jonathan Todd refused to confirm that the EU would block the deal, saying only that consumer interests were "at the foremost in the Commission mind" during its antitrust probe.

Aer Lingus Chief Executive Dermot Mannion said O'Leary was just a sore loser whose attempt to eliminate his nearest rival had failed. "He is now lashing out in a vain attempt to disguise that failure," Mannion said.

O'Leary said only Dublin and Aer Lingus oppose the deal, claiming that the 1.48 billion euros ($1.9 billion) deal would neither create an EU monopoly nor harm customers because he planned to reduce Aer Lingus fares by 10 percent in the first year and scrap fuel surcharges.

"It would be a remarkable decision, a historical unprecedented decision for the Commission to turn down a merger of two airlines with less than 5 percent of the EU market and to turn down a merger that for the first time in the history of EU airline consolidation guarantees a 100 million euros ($135 million) per annum in fare cuts," O'Leary said.

"It also sends a message that it's going to be much more difficult for EU airline consolidation to proceed," he said, pointing to a possible takeover of Alitalia by its Italian rival Air One and British Airways PLC's potential bid for Iberia.

But regulators are more worried about customer choice because the two airlines overlap on a number of European routes and are each other's closest competitors for services out of Ireland. The country has few passenger ferry links to Britain and Continental Europe.

Together, the two would control more than 60 percent of all flights in and out of Dublin's only commercial airport.

The European Commission rarely blocks deals -- stopping only one since 2001 -- and usually seeks selloffs or changes to business behavior to remove antitrust concerns.

O'Leary said Ryanair had tried to soothe antitrust worries of shrinking competition by offering Aer Lingus' coveted slots at London Heathrow to British Airways and Air France in return for those airlines and one other starting new routes out of Dublin.

The Commission had previously cleared Air France and KLM to combine even though both had more than a 60 percent share at Paris Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Schiphol airports, O'Leary said.

"It's not a principle we expect will stand up in the European court and if it was ... then Air France would not have been allowed to buy KLM," he said.

Growing rapidly from its Irish base into Europe's largest low-cost carrier, Ryanair has revolutionized travel in Europe, spearheading no-frills cheap flights that forced others to do the same.

O'Leary claimed his bid for Aer Lingus -- opposed by nearly half of the shareholders -- was good news for the share price, as word of a possible EU regulatory refusal had sent shares slipping from 3 euros ($4.04) to a new low of 2.39 euros ($3.22) on Tuesday morning.

"There's nobody else out there who wants to acquire a small loss-making European airline," he said.
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Old June 27th, 2007, 11:23 AM   #1411
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Ranking airports or airlines by international passengers is rather pointless. European airports and airlines will always top those lists because almost every flight is an international one due to the puny land areas of countries in Europe.

London-Paris is international, but Toronto-Vancouver or New York-LA are domestic. Total passengers is what counts, not if you crossed an international boundary rather than a provincial or state boundary. Ryanair: world's favourite airline? I don't think so.
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^ British Airways famously marketted itself as the "world's favourite airline" in the '90s based on the fact that more foreign passengers flew BA than any other airline in the world. Ryanair are always attacking their rivals and now that this superlative belongs to them they take this opportunity to take a pop at BA.

You are right that international traffic is boosted by the numerous borders in Europe. However European airlines also have far more extensive long-haul and intercontinental services than their American counterparts.

And may I remind you that Europe with its "puny countries" includes Russia: by far the world's largest country.

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Old June 29th, 2007, 05:42 AM   #1413
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EU blocks Ryanair bid for Aer Lingus, saying it would reduce consumer choice
27 June 2007

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - EU regulators blocked low-fare airline Ryanair Holdings PLC's hostile bid for Aer Lingus Group PLC on Wednesday, saying the deal would limit consumer choice and likely lead to higher prices.

Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said the EU veto meant his bid, suspended since December, was now "officially dead." He has said he would appeal.

The European Commission refused to clear the deal because the two Irish airlines would control more than 80 percent of all European flights to and from Dublin.

New airlines were unlikely to try to muscle in because of Ryanair's reputation for "aggressive retaliation" and its ability to temporarily slash fares and launch new routes to protect its powerful market position, the EU said.

"What we are doing is preventing a monopoly from emerging," EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said. "Ireland, being an island, depends heavily on air transport."

This is only the second time since 2001 that the EU has blocked a deal.

The euro1.48 billion (US$1.9 billion) takeover already seemed doomed after nearly half of Aer Lingus shareholders vowed to block it and Ryanair's share offer found few takers.

But Ryanair vowed to take regulators to court, claiming they were wrong to block the deal when they had cleared others between Air France and KLM and between Lufthansa and Swissair.

O'Leary said Ryanair could not make any new bid now until the European Court of First Instance rules on his appeal -- which could take 18 to 24 months.

Ryanair's only options were to sell its 25.2 percent stake in Aer Lingus -- something O'Leary said would crash its share price -- or hold on "and nurse our losses," he said.

Ryanair has complained that the EU decision was politically motivated and aimed at pleasing the Irish government, which owns a quarter of Aer Lingus.

Kroes said the decision was legally sound and would stand up in the EU courts.

Her officials said Ryanair's proposed deal was unprecedented because both airlines had such a large share of routes at one airport, Dublin, while other airlines like Air France and KLM had their main hubs in different cities.

Aer Lingus and Ryanair compete directly on 35 routes to and from Ireland, the EU said, and the combination would give them a monopoly on 22.

"This would have reduced choice and, most likely, led to higher prices for more than 14 million EU passengers using these routes to and from Ireland each year," the European Commission said.

Ryanair's offer to make changes to soothe these concerns were inadequate, it said, criticizing the limited number of airport landing slots the airline offered to give away to new rivals. This would not replace the competitive pressure in the market that would disappear if Ryanair swallowed Aer Lingus, it said.

A plan by Ryanair to reduce Aer Lingus short-haul fares by 10 percent in the first year was "almost impossible to monitor" and gave no assurances that prices wouldn't rise afterward or that Ryanair would not raise its own prices in the meantime, the EU said.

"What is certain is that Ryanair proposed to end the intense competition between Ryanair and Aer Lingus at Dublin airport that has pushed prices down and brought Irish consumers an increasing choice of direct flight connections from Dublin," it said.

"It is highly unlikely that Irish consumers would be better off with a near monopoly, even if it were sweetened by a temporary, hard-to-monitor price rebate."

Aer Lingus Chairman John Sharman said the decision was good news for the company and its customers: "The creation of one dominant player out of Ireland -- despite the protestations of Ryanair -- just cannot be in the interests of consumers," he said.

But Aer Lingus shares fell to euro2.55 (US$3.43) -- well below Ryanair's bid price of euro2.80 (US$3.76). Ryanair's massive purchases of Aer Lingus shares and its surprise offer drove Aer Lingus over euro3 (US$4.03) at one point as investors wrongly gambled that O'Leary would raise his bid.

O'Leary warned Wednesday that Aer Lingus shares would plummet to euro1.50 (US$2.02) if Ryanair opted to dump its holding. Ryanair was euro0.04 (US$0.05) lower Wednesday at euro4.96 (US$6.67).

Growing rapidly from its Irish base into Europe's largest low-cost carrier, Ryanair has spearheaded the drive toward no-frills cheap flights that forced Aer Lingus -- a former state-owned airline -- to do the same.

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Associated Press Writer Shawn Pogatchnik in Dublin contributed to this report.
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FACTBOX-Key points on EU merger rejections

BRUSSELS, June 27 (Reuters) - The European Commission's decision to bar budget airline Ryanair from buying rival Irish carrier Aer Lingus marks the 20th such ban since 1990. Here are some key facts about EU merger prohibitions:

TOTAL CASES

Between 1990 and May 31 this year, 3,418 cases had been notified to the EU's regulatory arm for review. Twenty of those were rejected, including Ryanair's attempt to buy Aer Lingus.

PREVIOUS PROHIBITION

Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes, backed by the full Commission, on Dec. 9, 2004 blocked plans by Electricidade de Portugal and Italy's ENI to buy Gas de Portugal. European Union courts upheld her decision.

HIGH WATER MARK

No mergers were blocked during seven of the past 17 years, but in 2001 the Commission prohibited a record five mergers including a high-profile all-U.S. deal in which General Electric tried to purchase Honeywell International .

COURT REVERSES PROHIBITIONS

In 2002, the Court of First Instance in Luxembourg for the first time nullified Commission prohibitions, overturning three: Airtours' proposed acquisition of smaller British package-holiday rival First Choice, Schneider Electric's proposed purchase of French rival Legrand , and package machine maker Tetra Pak's buy of France's Sidel.
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Old July 11th, 2007, 05:14 PM   #1415
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Rolling 12 month passenger totals to May 2007:
EasyJet = 35,237,323
Ryanair = 43,767,864

Percentage increase in passengers since May 2006:
EasyJet = 13.8%
Ryanair = 17%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in May 2007:
EasyJet = 83.6%
Ryanair = 82%
Rolling 12 month passenger totals to June 2007:
EasyJet = 35,687,793
Ryanair = 44,442,908

Percentage increase in passengers since June 2006:
EasyJet = 15.1%
Ryanair = 18%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in June 2007:
EasyJet = 84%
Ryanair = 85%
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Old July 13th, 2007, 10:26 AM   #1416
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There are rumors that Easyjet might start routes from Rotterdam airport as there is now new slot capacity at this airport. The position of the airport is ideal.
Ryanair also wanted to fly out of Rotterdam a few years ago, but at that moment there was no slot capacity available, so Ryanair went to Eindhoven instead.
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Ryanair told to move flights from Rome's Ciampino Airport

Ryanair told to move flights from Rome's Ciampino Airport

Italian authorities have told Ryanair to transfer flights to Rome's Fiumicino Airport (the cities main airport), from its existing Ciampino Airport base. Italian Transport Minister Alessandro Bianchi confirmed the move, estimating that one million passengers a year will be affected by the decision.

Mr Bianchi, Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni, Lazio region president Piero Marrazzo, and air regulator ENAC president Enrico Gasbarra have agreed to cut daily flights out of Ciampino Airport to 100, from 138, effective from the introduction of winter schedules in late October, the transport ministry said.

Mr Bianchi said Ciampino's annual passengers has risen from 800,0000 to 5 million in the last 5 years, causing noise and other pollution problems for local residents.

Recognising the value of tourism brought to Rome by Ryanair, the minister said he is examining 3 neighbouring, mainly military, airports at Latina, Viterbo and Frosinone to see if one of these can be used by low-cost airlines. However, a decision will only be made in October, which is a bit late for this winter's flights.

In the past, Ryanair has said that if had to close its operations at Ciampino it would leave Rome rather than use Fiumicino, which is Rome's larger airport and used by international carriers. The three alternative options for a low-cost airport in Rome do not have suitable runways for its aircraft, it has said.

Since launching at Ciampino, Ryanair has built up annual passenger numbers to 3.3 million a year. A spokesman for the Irish budget airline declined to comment, saying it had not been notified of the decision.
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That sucks. When I was in Rome a couple months ago it was very easy to pick up my best friend that arrived at CIA. It would have taken much longer and been more of a hassle if he flew in to FCO. Plus the girl I was staying with lives close to CIA but FCO seems pretty far from the city.

To have Ryanair leave Ciampino is a very stupid idea by the Italian authorities if you ask me.


It's like asking Southwest to leave love field (DAL) and transfer all flights to Dallas Ft. Worth International (DFW). Actually not really on that scale but DAL and CIA are easy airports to fly in and out of for people traveling light.
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Old July 16th, 2007, 01:53 AM   #1419
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Italian authorities have told Ryanair to transfer flights to Rome's Fiumicino Airport (the cities main airport), from its existing Ciampino Airport base. Italian Transport Minister Alessandro Bianchi confirmed the move, estimating that one million passengers a year will be affected by the decision.

Mr Bianchi, Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni, Lazio region president Piero Marrazzo, and air regulator ENAC president Enrico Gasbarra have agreed to cut daily flights out of Ciampino Airport to 100, from 138, effective from the introduction of winter schedules in late October, the transport ministry said.

Mr Bianchi said Ciampino's annual passengers has risen from 800,0000 to 5 million in the last 5 years, causing noise and other pollution problems for local residents.

Recognising the value of tourism brought to Rome by Ryanair, the minister said he is examining 3 neighbouring, mainly military, airports at Latina, Viterbo and Frosinone to see if one of these can be used by low-cost airlines. However, a decision will only be made in October, which is a bit late for this winter's flights.

In the past, Ryanair has said that if had to close its operations at Ciampino it would leave Rome rather than use Fiumicino, which is Rome's larger airport and used by international carriers. The three alternative options for a low-cost airport in Rome do not have suitable runways for its aircraft, it has said.

Since launching at Ciampino, Ryanair has built up annual passenger numbers to 3.3 million a year. A spokesman for the Irish budget airline declined to comment, saying it had not been notified of the decision.
The Italian government doesn't know how to run aviation. I wouldn't be surprised if the unmentioned motive behind this is some dumb attempt by the authorities to shore up the doomed Alitalia.
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Glasgow set for take off with new easyJet route to Paris

easyJet Press Release 01/08/07

easyJet, Europe's leading low-fares airline, today announced it would introduce
flights from Glasgow International Airport to Paris Charles De Gaulle. The new
daily service which will commence on 29 October will offer fares from just
£21.99 one way (£45.01 return) including tax.


The airline, which carried close to 2 million passengers from its Glasgow base
in the last year, expects to carry almost 100,000 passengers on this new route
in the first 12 months of operation. This is the eighth new route easyJet has
announced from Scotland this year and now offers a total of 28 routes, 108
daily departures from four Scottish Airports making easyJet the largest low-
fares airline in Scotland.


This autumn easyJet will also commence services from Edinburgh to Paris (CDG)
on 10 September, Krakow on 29 October and Gdansk on 30 October.


David Osborne, easyJet UK General Manager, commented:


"There is great demand in Scotland for direct low-fares flights to main city
airports and following the success of the airline's new routes launched from
Glasgow last year and Edinburgh this year, this new route from Glasgow to Paris
reflects easyJet's commitment to Scotland."


"easyJet's new Paris flight will be the only direct link between Glasgow
International Airport and Paris' main city airport, Charles de Gaulle, and the
route is expected to be popular for business travellers as well as those
looking for a few days of culture or a shopping trip away"


Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, Gordon Dewar, said:


"This is excellent news from easyJet and a real boost for our passengers who
will now be able to fly direct to the French capital from Glasgow.


"Paris is an exciting city, well known for its cafe culture and architecture,
and these new daily flights make it an ideal short break destination. This
route is also an important new commercial link, and we are confident it will
prove popular with holidaymakers and business travellers alike.


"We welcome easyJet's commitment to Glasgow and look forward to working with
the airline to ensure the success of this new route."


VisitScotland is the organisation responsible for attracting leisure tourism to
Glasgow and Scotland. Tom McWilliam, VisitScotland Area Director for Glasgow,
said:


"easyJet's new Glasgow-Paris service is one of the most exciting developments
in recent years for leisure tourism to Glasgow and Scotland. It comes at a time
when international visitors to Scotland are rising-up 17% in 2006-so a new
service to Glasgow from one of our largest European markets presents a real
opportunity for marked progress towards 50% growth in tourism revenues by
2015."


Paris - the most romantic city in the world, is an ideal break for couples and
singles alike. The architects amongst us will be awe-inspired by the Eiffel
Tower, which is a sight to behold, although not for the faint-hearted if you're
thinking of travelling to the very top! The city has museums aplenty, not
forgetting Le Louvre, which has renewed attention since The Da Vinci Code
graced the big screen, where the Mona Lisa draws crowds from across the world.
The cafe culture of the Parisians is renowned and is a fantastic distraction
from sightseeing where you can sip fantastic French wine and watch the world go
by.


Seats will be on sale tomorrow at www.easyJet.com
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