France Airport Guide

 

Monday, 19 December 2011

France airport strike set to continue

Delays and flight cancellations look set to continue in France’s airports after security personnel voted to continue their strike, which started on Friday.

All flights were cancelled on Sunday morning at Lyon’s Saint Exupéry airport, where the strike has won most support, and management predicted that half the flights would not take off in the afternoon


Unions called for the strike to continue into Monday after a first, abortive meeting with representatives of Sesa, the body representing airport security employers.

The bosses made no concrete proposals on the strikers’ demand for wage rises, just promising to negotiate if the strike ended, union negotiators said, adding that they walked out after only 30 minutes.

The strike has had most effect at Lyon, Paris’s Charles de Gaulle and Toulouse.

Lyon airport management has called on Brink’s, which employs the strikers there, to find a way out of the conflict








Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Ryanair celebrtaes it's 50 millionth passenger

Ryanair has celebrated yesterday its 50 millionth passenger in France. The lucky winner, Mrs Peyric, from Languedoc-Roussillon Region, was travelling on the flight FR-8023 from Brussels-Charleroi to Carcassonne. 
Mrs Peyric won a holiday package to Porto. 

The low-cost airline started to operate in the French market in 1997 with its first route from Paris Beauvais to Dublin. Thanks to this route Ryanair carried 128.000 passengers the same year. 

14 years later, Ryanair operates from/to 27 French airports, carrying over 7 million passengers a year, with an activity which generates over 7000 jobs in France.


Monday, 12 December 2011

Ryanair baggage fees set to increase

RYANAIR URGES PASSENGERS - TRAVEL LIGHTER DURING PEAK TRAVEL TIMES 
ONLINE CHECKED-IN BAG FEES TO INCREASE BY €5/£5 FOR PEAK SUMMER 2012 FOR BOOKINGS FROM 15th DEC NEXT
Ryanair today (9th Dec) announced that it will continue to encourage passengers to travel lighter, particularly during peak travel periods (June, July, Aug, Sept and Christmas 2012), by increasing its peak period checked-in baggage fees by €5/£5 (from €20 to €25) per bag for all online bookings made from 15th Dec next.  To encourage online payment of baggage fees, Ryanair will also increase its checked in bag fees paid at call centres and airports by at least €25/£25 (from €35 to €60) per bag.  Low season (Oct – May) online checked-in bag fees will remain unchanged at €15/£15 per bag.
Ryanair will continue to encourage all passengers to avoid its baggage fees by not checking in any bags and instead travelling with Ryanair’s free of charge 10kg carry-on bag allowance.
Ryanair will also increase its ‘boarding card reissue penalty’ from €40/£40 to €60/£60, from 15th Jan 2012, to try to persuade the less than 10 passengers per day who refuse/fail to bring their boarding card (despite email reminders) to their departure airport as 99.9% of Ryanair passengers already do. 
Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said:      
“Ryanair continues to incentivise passengers to travel light especially during peak periods by raising our online checked-in baggage fees.  As always, baggage fees are avoidable, but for those who chose to check-in a bag during peak travel periods the new fees will apply for bookings made after 15th December next for travel in June, July, August and September 2012.  Over 70% of Ryanair passengers will be unaffected by these changes as they already travel with no checked-in bags and instead use Ryanair’s free of charge 10kg carry on allowance.
 Also, in a move to persuade the less than 10 passengers per day who fail to print or bring their boarding cards to their departure airport, to do so, we will increase our boarding card re-issue penalty to €60/£60 from 15thJanuary.”

RYANAIR BAG FEES €/£

Bag Type
SEASON

ONLINE OLD/NEW
APT/CALL
OLD/NEW
Bag 1 (15kg)
Low
15/15
35/60

High *
20/25
40/100
Big Bag (20kg)
Low
25/25
45/75

High *
30/35
50/105
Bag 2 (15kg)
Low
35/35
70/105

High *
40/45
80/135










Thanks to Robin at WoW for this.

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Friday, 2 December 2011

Google maps going indoors

This very exciting video from google shows how they have started to advance their well known and widely used mapping software to feature indoor maps. That is to say maps showing the layout of shopping malls and airports so that via your android powered mobile phone you can orintate yourself to see where you are in an airport (for example) and how to get to your gate or even see what restaurants and shops are there and how you can get to them.

For now this service is only available in certain US airports and shopping malls but I'd say it's a pretty safe bet that this will find it's way to mapping French airports in due course.

It's also only currently available on Android powered smartphones but I would be surprised if this didn't make it onto the iPhone eventually.

Very exciting indeed.




More flights from Southampton to Beziers next year......

flyBe had a good first year of operations between Béziers Cap d'Agde and  Southampton.

Launched in May this year until the end of September - two flights per week with an Embraer 195 (turbo engine) with 118 seats, the link carried  around 6,000 passengers with a load factor of more of 70%.

As a result flyBe and Beziers Cap d'Agde airport will increase the supply of seats for the upcoming season of summer with an extra flights each week (against two in 2011)
The new 3 flight a week pattern will start from 25 May until 28 September on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays.

flyBe expect to carry nearly 10,000 passengers in its second year into airport Béziers Cap d'Agde 
Thanks to Robin at WoW for this update.