France Airport Guide


Wednesday, 28 March 2012

EasyJet to trial £3 allocated seating charge

A number of other airlines already charge for allocated seating.
The move will allow passengers to pay an additional £3 to choose their seat when they book.
Those who pay an additional £12 can choose a seat with extra legroom at the front of the cabin or next to the emergency exits.
It will be trialled on routes from Luton to six destinations, including Malaga, Istanbul and Glasgow.
The airline will assess feedback from passengers before extending the policy to other routes.
A number of other airlines already charge for allocated seating, with low-cost rival Ryanair currently charging passengers £10 to choose their seat.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Beziers airport new summer schedule

Eight lines are now available at Beziers airport.

London Luton, four weekly flights are scheduled Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Bristol,  Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. 
Southampton Airport  three flights on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays.
NEW  route to Manchester -  two weekly flights, on Mondays and Fridays.

Thanks to Robin at WoW for this update.


Friday, 23 March 2012

Expansion at Nice airport

AIR France and easyJet have opened new operational bases at Nice Airport - and confirmed expansion plans there giving flights to 11 new destinations. 

EasyJet has three new international destinations - Barcelona, Naples and Venice - and four in France, Bordeaux, Lille, Nantes and Toulouse. Air France has four new lines, to Athens, Naples, Tel-Aviv and Venice. 

The two companies are fierce rivals at Nice Airport - the busiest airport in France outside Paris - where Air France has a 30% share of the market (2.7 million people), mostly domestic flights but also to Tunis. EasyJet has 21% - but while Air France passenger numbers show only a slight growth of 1.7% easyJet has seen numbers soar 18.2%. 

However, Air France has been rocked by the after-effects of strike action - it lost €800 million last year - and unions have called a new strike for March 30. The strike, over plans to cut costs, is not being supported by pilots or other aircrew so only ground staff will be affected. 

Its plans for Nice Airport mean basing eight plans and their crews there to cut costs - by as much as 15% - allowing fares as low as €50 single to its destinations. 

Nice saw 10.4 million passengers last year but 2012 so far has shown zero growth. That has hurt the French airline with numbers 7.7% down - although easyJet saw a 5% rise. 

Increasing passenger numbers have driven the easyJet expansion at Nice where it is now basing two Airbus 319 aircraft and also at Toulouse where it has opened another base. The company now has five bases in France - Paris Orly and Charles de Gaulle, Lyon, Toulouse and Nice - the most of all its markets. 

Nice Airport sees the new bases giving the potential for more passengers - 350,000 for easyJet alone - and it is examining plans for a new €82m low-cost terminal beside Terminal 2 with a capacity of 4m passengers.


Friday, 9 March 2012

Beziers Cap d'Agde Airport continues to expand......

Beziers Cap d'Agde Airport continues to expand.

After welcoming 195,000 passengers in 2011, up 48.3% growth on 2010, the airport will continue to grow this year.

Summer flights

From 25 March, the airport offers a new summer program with 8 European destinations,  new routes and more flights:

- London Luton: 4 flights a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

- Bristol: 4 flights a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays

- Düsseldorf: 2 flights a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays

- Stockholm: 2 flights a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays (third flight extra every Thursday during July)

- Oslo: 2 flights a week on Mondays and Fridays

- Southampton: three weekly flights on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays

- The eighth new line to Manchester - 2 flights on Mondays and Fridays.

The line to / from Paris Beauvais - 4 flights a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, with the late afternoon schedule is particularly suitable for short stays during the week or on weekends.

Béziers Cap d'Agde Airport is expected to host nearly 215 000 passengers this year  generating  economic benefits of nearly € 65 million on the year.

Shuttle buses at € 1.5 are available to and from the arrival of each flight to / from Beziers * Bus and train stations, Vias,  Agde train station *, * Marseillan Ville (* correspondence with Transport networks Herault, Herault Mediterranean Thau agglo).

Thanks again to Robin at WoW for this update.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Montpellier airport launches new catering outlet

Montpellier airport launches new catering outlet

Bright and inviting - the new Trib's outlet lifts the departure lounge.

Comfortable chairs and sensible sized tables, with fresh, simple and quality food should be a hit with passengers and "collectors" alike.  Plat du jour at 14.90€.

If the food given to the Press at the opening is anything to go by the offerings will be delicious.

Care has been taken with the ambiance -

Black and stainless steel for the professional look of the servery.

Thanks to Robin at WoW for this update.


Thursday, 1 March 2012

New flights from Stansted to Perpignan airport and Toulon

A COUPLE of new summer  flights from Stansted to Perpignan airport and Toulon, operated by Ryanair, have been announced.
Operating from the end of March, flights to Perpignan and Toulon will be on offer for holiday makers heading to the south of France.
Also note that from 6 March, 2012 all Ryanair flights to/from Manchester Airport will operate to/from Terminal 3.
Thanks to Robin at Wow for this update.