EasyJet heads for France

The French city Grenoble, also known as the ‘Capital of the Alps’, is the latest addition to easyJet’s list of flights out of Liverpool John Lennon. The route is the airline’s 29th from the airport, making it the largest carrier on the premises in terms of the number of passengers handled.

The new route, which begins on January 8 2011, is likely to become a key product during the winter ski season as Grenoble is situated in one of the most popular skiing areas in France, close to the resorts of Chamonix, Brides-les-Bains and Les Deux Alps.

easyJet will also put on flights from Liverpool to Lyon in France from December 18 2010, and supplement its existing Liverpool-Belfast International route with up to five extra flights per week from December 3.

The airline’s commercial manager, Ali Gayward, claims that the additional flight to Belfast International will help travellers who have had their travel plans thwarted by Ryanair’s sudden exodus from nearby Belfast City Airport.

Commenting on the new route to Grenoble, Liverpool’s manager of corporate affairs, Robin Tudor, referred to the French city as a “great destination” which “compliments easyJet’s range of winter sun and ski flights” from Liverpool.

Grenoble has an ancient and illustrious history stretching back over 2,000 years. The city was the site of the X Winter Olympic Games in 1968, highlighting its links to snow sports, and has an impressive fortress within its midst – La Bastille, built in the 16th century to repel invaders travelling through the Chartreuse Mountains.

Today, Grenoble is a centre for science and education, as well as a haven for skiers and snowboarders.

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