First it was the Battle of the Daily Deals raining discounts over our fair city, and now it’s the Battle of the Skies, with Air France and EasyJet in an all-out price war… and the winner is? Nice again!
Having seen its market share dwindle as passengers opted for the cheap no-frills EasyJet flights, Air France has thrown down the gauntlet by creating a hub here in Nice that will allow the creation of great new direct routes and new fares as low at 50€. Starting in April, Air France will offer direct flights from Nice to Venice (yea!), Naples, Athens, and Tel Aviv.
Because the 8 planes and 260 crew members won’t have to fly in and back from Paris at the start and end of each day, the airline operations will save at least 15%, which will get passed directly to fares: each Air France flight will have a quota of 50€ seats, another at 70€, etc., until the last seats go at 200€. Those 50€ seats are available for booking now, by the way…
But wait, it gets better! Not to be outdone, EasyJet announced that it, too, will open a hub in Nice this spring, and will add 250 flights per week, reinforcing its existing routes and adding 5 new ones: Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes, Naples and Venice. EasyJet stressed that it will not be undercut by Air France, and will go even lower than its already bargain basement fares to maintain its title of low-cost leader. At the moment Nice-Naples is going as low as 23€ a seat and Venice as low as 25€. Click here to see an up-to-date list of the lowest fares from Nice.
So, Nice, get ready for an unprecedented number of direct flights to new interesting destinations, and with more money to spend once you get there!