EasyJet has decided to definitively stop its direct connections fromRennes-Brittany airport to two Portuguese destinations, Porto and Lisbonby the end of the month, the site reported NewsRennes.
“We focus our efforts on maintaining and developing the most popular routes with our passengers, striving to offer the most requested destinations“, explained the British low-cost company to NewsRennes. For its part, Rennes-Bretagne airport has confirmed that the line to Porto, inaugurated in 2021, will end on October 28, while that to Lisbon, inaugurated in 2022, will end on October 26.
In a press release, the ADARB (Association for the air opening of Rennes-Bretagne) explains the stopping of easyJet flights by the high costs of airport taxes and fuel at Rennes airport: “Low cost companies (including easyJet), by putting airports into competition, seek to pay as little airport taxes as possible. When they pay €14 airport/passenger tax in Rennes, they pay €6 in Nantes. Over a year, multiplied by the number of passengers, this represents a difference of several million euros between Rennes and Nantes. To compensate, the SEARD (Operating company for Rennes and Dinard airports, controlled by CCI Bretagne and VINCI Airports, editor’s note) should be able (or be helped to do so) to offer discounts on its airport services“.
Likewise, according to ADARB, “the Rennes platform sells its kerosene more expensive than elsewhere. To the point that low cost airlines will refuel on other platforms less expensive than in Rennes“.