Low-cost terminal leads Ryanair to re-open Marseille

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Irish budget carrier Ryanair is to re-introduce the French city of Marseille to its route network after being encouraged by the development of a low-cost terminal at Marseille Provence Airport.

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.

The carrier had previously expressed interest in serving the low-cost airline terminal being established at Marseille.

Although 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.

At an event in Marseille to mark the new building’s development, a spokesman for Marseille Provence Airport 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.