Ryanair immediately axed Marseille
from the network of low-fare operator Buzz when it took over the carrier in
2003. But the Irish airline, which had expressed an interest in serving the new
low-cost terminal, has been tempted to open a Glasgow Prestwick-Marseille route from February next year.
carrier had previously expressed interest in serving the low-cost airline
terminal being established at Marseille.
the opening date for the building has been pushed back to September 2006, Ryanair will begin operating to
the French city three times per week from 24 February.
an event in Marseille to mark the new building’s development, a spokesman for Marseille
said: “[Ryanair] would
never have come here without [the new terminal].”
Ryanair expects to transport
40,000 passengers on the Prestwick-Marseille
route during the first year of operations. The airport spokesman adds that he
hopes Ryanair will open
further Marseille connections and that other budget airlines will see strong
potential in the new building.