Vueling launches Paris Orly to Montpellier, one of 3 new domestic routes
Vueling began Paris Orly to Montpellier on 16 October.
Its new domestic route joined two others that also launched on this date: Paris Orly to Brest and Marseille.
Operating twice-weekly, Vueling’s Orly – Montpellier uses A320s.
It competes directly with Air France, which had a 29-weekly offering in the first week of Vueling service. It also competes indirectly with 22 weekly to CDG.
Air France’s 51 weekly services to Paris compares with 82 in the same week in 2019. Then, easyJet also had four-weekly flights to CDG.
This is not the first time that Vueling has operated within France. It did so in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Across these years, it had three routes: Lille to Nice and Toulouse (2011 and 2012), and Bastia to Rennes (2014-2016).
Montpellier will also welcome another new domestic route this winter, with Transavia France beginning a five-weekly link to Nantes from 2 November. It will compete directly with Volotea, which will have 10-weekly flights using A319s.
Speaking to anna.aero, Pascal Bigot, Montpellier’s Route Development Manager, said:
“Since the pandemic started, Air France reduced capacity on Montpellier to Orly from 10 per day to four-daily. The main reasons are lack of business travel, travel restrictions, and COVID fear.
“However, this domestic market is ‘less’ impacted, so Vueling decided to enter it. Its schedules are perfectly suited for Parisians and weekend breakers in Montpellier. And it is a competitive offer versus high-speed rail by both fare and journey time.
“Vueling is targeting leisure, VFR, and young people.”