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Published on : Wednesday, June 29, 2016
The new summer service, which left Glasgow this morning, is expected to carry 10,000 annually and is Glasgow’s first direct connection to Marseille. Flights operate twice weekly on Wednesday’s andSaturday’s with fares starting from £33.49 one way per person.
The airline operates 20 routes from Glasgow and already flies to Marseille from London Gatwick and Manchester.
Ali Gayward, easyJet’s Head of Scotland, said:
“As Scotland’s largest airline we are pleased to further strengthen our network with the launch of this new route to Marseille today.
“The second largest city in France has plenty to offer travellers from historic sites such as the Abby of St.Victor as well as the daily fish market at Vieux Port Old Harbour.
“We believe that this will prove a popular addition to our existing network.”
Francois Bourienne, commercial director at Glasgow Airport, said:
“Marseille is a fantastic new addition to the long list of destinations easyJet serves from Glasgow. We have enjoyed great success in strengthening our links with key European cities and both Glasgow and Marseille share many cultural ties having been formally twinned since 2006.
“In addition to having many great city attractions such as the Vieux Port, Fort St Jean and Notre Dame de la Garde, Marseille is also within easy reach of popular locations such as the breathtaking Calanques. St Tropez and Provence. We’re confident this new route will be incredibly popular with our customers and look forward to working with easyJet to ensure its success.”
Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said:
“Scotland is more connected than ever before through transport and digital channels – giving it a louder voice within key markets and we are delighted to welcome today’s expansion of easyJet’s Scottish network. Our stunning landscapes, the richness of our culture and warmth of our people make this country a popular destination for visitors from France – one of our biggest European markets. This year, Marseille and Glasgow celebrate their tenth anniversary as twin cities, so there has never been a better time to visit Glasgow and experience its cultural vibrancy, paired with the stunning scenery of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park on its doorstep. We look forward to welcoming more visitors from Marseille through this twice-weekly service.”
About Marseille: Marseille is the second largest city in France and its 2,600 years of tradition are evident wherever you look from the harbour to the hillside.
The Musée d’Histoire covers Marseille’s long history while the Abbey of St.Victor provides access to a 5th century crypt. At the Vieux Port, Old Harbour, the daily fish market is a highlight and the Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde can be seen from anywhere in Marseille.
The Plage des Catalans is just a short walk from the center of Marseille, a small, sandy beach perfect after a day of exploring. For something a bit quieter it’s worth travelling to any of the number of beaches between La Point Rouge harbour and La Madrage harbour.
Heading out of the centre of Marseille and onto one of the neighbouring islands is Château d’If, a fortress which was made famous by The Count of Monte Cristo. Climbers can head to the Calanques, fjords, for an adrenaline rush while walkers can stick to the trail for some stunning sights.