buzz expands into France

Low cost airline buzz is planning to add several new routes to and within France. Beginning on 31 March 2002, buzz will fly daily services from its base at London Stansted to Brest, Caen, Dijon, Bergerac, Grenoble, Limoges, Toulon-St Tropez, and Tours, and twice daily to Rouen. These routes will add to buzz’s existing French destinations (Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Marseilles, Paris, Poitiers, and Toulouse), giving it the most extensive route system between the UK and France of any airline, including Air France. In another first, buzz will also offer service between several French destinations, becoming the first low-cost airline to do so. buzz’s French domestic routes will include Brest-Marseilles, Bordeaux-Grenoble, Bordeaux-Toulon, and Toulouse-Grenoble. To free capacity for these services, buzz is planning to drop services to Helsinki, Milan, and Lyons. As a result, no additions to its eight-strong fleet of BAe 146s are planned at this time (buzz also operates two Boeing 737s). Like other low-cost airlines, buzz has been doing relatively well. Its bookings for November were 15% greater than last year and those for December 9% greater.

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