Easyjet to pressure French Government

EasyJet Plc will ask the French Government to freeze capacity increases by Air France SA at Paris’ two airports to allow more room for competition.

The airline is seeking to pressure the government with a series of ads targeted as French air travelers who it contends pay higher fares on average than their counterparts in other European countries such as Germany and Britain.

EasyJet, based in Luton, England, began flying within France last July. It has had difficulty expanding because it can’t get more landing and takeoff slots at Paris airports for new services. Air France, is State-controlled, while the Paris Airport Authority in charge of Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports is also State-owned.

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