We have a look at the tales affecting journey to, from and round France this week.
New air routes launching throughout France, together with to UK
A number of airways have introduced that they are going to be launching new routes from varied French airports this or subsequent 12 months.
EasyJet will likely be opening its fortieth route departing from Good airport in summer season 2023, heading this time for Copenhagen.
EasyJet has additionally introduced that a number of routes may have further providers added this winter. These embody its Lisbon flights, which is able to now run six instances per week, its Paris flights, which is able to now run 12 instances a day, its Rome flights, rising to 1 per day, and its Marrakech flights, rising to 1 a day within the week and two a day on the weekend.
The low-cost airline can also be starting to fly between Marseille and Basel-Mulhouse and Lisbon.
Air Arabia Egypt has additionally introduced a brand new route between Cairo and Marseille, opening on December 16 with two flights per week.
Vueling will likely be launching a brand new route between Paris-Orly and Marrakech from March 26 with 4 flights per week.
The Spanish airline will likely be in competitors with Royal Air Maroc, Air France and EasyJet on this route, though the latter solely flies from Charles de Gaulle.
Transvia has opened or will open this weekend 13 new routes from Paris, Lyon, Montpellier, Good and Marseille.
Paris-Orly – Istanbul as much as six instances per week
Lyon – Istanbul as much as twice per week
Lyon – Las Palmas (Spain) as soon as per week
Montpellier – Madrid as much as thrice per week
Marseille – Casablanca as much as twice per week
Lyon – Béjaïa (Algeria) as much as twice per week
Marseille – Marrakech as much as twice per week
Good – Tunis as much as twice per week
Lyon – Hurghada (Egypt) as soon as per week
Lyon – Dakar (Senegal) as soon as per week
Lyon-Tenerife as soon as per week
Paris-Orly – Sharm el-Sheikh as soon as per week
Marseille – Djerba (Tunisia) as soon as per week
Lastly, WizzAir will from January 10 begin flying between London Gatwick and Lyon on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
UK Border Drive votes towards Christmas strike motion
Individuals touring between the UK and France is not going to be affected by UK Border Drive strike motion this Christmas, as union members voted towards taking motion.
A Border Drive strike would have resulted in delays at safety within the UK’s 140 ports and airports and as much as 3,500 workers would have taken half.
Airports reminiscent of Manchester and Heathrow, that are nonetheless experiencing staffing shortages as they battle to recruit following Covid-related redundancies, would doubtless have been most severely affected.
Border Drive union members had been contemplating strike motion to demand an 80% pay rise, as inflation tops 10%. The House Workplace has solely provided a 3% improve to this point, a proposal which ISU union Normal Secretary Mark Gribbin described as “appalling”.
Nonetheless, members voted on whether or not or to not strike this week, and though 84.5% of votes had been in favour, the poll didn’t attain the 50% turnout wanted for mobilization to go forward.
Brittany Ferries experiences ‘encouraging’ 12 months post-Covid
Brittany Ferries has revealed figures on its passenger numbers for this monetary 12 months (November to October), revealing a fall in English Channel visitors however a “sturdy efficiency” on Eire-France and UK-Spain routes.
The agency stated that it’s “optimistic” for the 12 months forward and that “ahead reservations are optimistic,” as there “are not any limitations to passengers crossing borders, as there have been in France at first of 2022.”
Brittany Ferries stated that volumes on Channel routes are a priority, having fallen by 20% in comparison with 2018-19, however that there was a 9% improve in passenger numbers on UK-Spain routes.
CEO Christophe Mathieu stated: “Total volumes had been down by 35% to 1.22 million items within the final 12 months. There are a variety of causes for this disappointing efficiency, together with French borders re-opening in mid-January lacking a lot of the busiest interval for vacation bookings post-Christmas.
“However the post-Brexit imposition of passports for French passengers visiting the UK has dramatically hit this aspect of our enterprise too. What is required now’s a concerted push from vacationer our bodies in France and the UK to extend volumes subsequent 12 months and to help the restoration of this marketplace for us and different corporations working within the tourism sector.”
Brittany Ferries spokesperson Nigel Wonnacott has beforehand informed The Connexion that, taking into consideration the efficiency of Irish and Spanish routes, the 12 months has been “extraordinarily encouraging” after a “ghastly” Covid interval.
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This comes as Brittany Ferries and unions urge France to comply with the UK in implementing a regulation requiring a minimum of the minimal wage for Channel ferry employees.
The Seafarers’ Wages Invoice is progressing rapidly by means of the UK parliament within the wake of the P&O sackings scandal – and unionists are calling on France to comply with swimsuit.
It would imply that the British £9.50/hour wage should be paid to all workers with ‘shut ties’ to the UK whereas in UK waters. It additionally has new guidelines on ‘rent and hearth’ practices.
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Mr Wonnacott has beforehand informed The Connection that: “It’s a very critical situation for us as a result of it [the current situation] creates a enjoying subject that’s not degree, other than the truth that we, as an organization, consider in supporting individuals and enriching areas.”
TER ticket costs will improve in 2023 due to vitality prices
TER ticket costs are anticipated to rise barely in 2023 – relying on the area of France – on account of the elevated value of vitality, Le Parisien experiences.
SNCF’s regional providers will see their payments rise by 10-30% subsequent 12 months, leading to thousands and thousands of euros of extra prices, and have stated: “We can’t take up all of it”.
In Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, TER costs will improve by 8% for infrequent passengers, and a pair of.8% for individuals with season tickets.
Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur are making ready for related rises. In Ile-de-France, it’s the Navigo go which might see its value improve to €100 per 30 days.
Grand-Est, for its half, has stated that it’s ready to search out out extra about its vitality payments and can improve its tariffs within the spring.
Heavy visitors as households return from Toussaint breaks
Right this moment and tomorrow (November 4-5) are anticipated to be “tough” for drivers touring again to the Ile-de-France area after Toussaint half-term breaks.
The A6, the A13 and the A10 are set to be significantly congested, particularly within the afternoon and night and round toll cubicles.
Nationwide forecasting service Bison Futé subsequently recommends that folks attempt to get again to Ile-de-France earlier than 14:00 if touring on both day.
On Sunday (November 6), visitors situations ought to return to regular.
Visitors situations must be regular throughout the remainder of the nation.
Yow will discover out extra on the Bison Futé web site.
Ile-de-France station constructing to be auctioned off
The previous station constructing in Cergy (Val-d’Oise) is to be auctioned off, with bids to begin at €180,000.
The 76m² constructing has been valued at €243,000, and the public sale will happen between November 22 and 24.
The positioning at present belongs to the group and has not been used for years, so will want renovations. Nonetheless, the constructing may very well be transformed right into a home, particularly given its central location.
Some visits to the station have already taken place, and extra are deliberate for November 14.
New rip-off warning on Rennes métro
A brand new rip-off has been recognized on the Rennes métro community, with a number of individuals already falling sufferer.
The rip-off entails a post-it be aware studying ‘HS’ (hour serviceout of order) and caught on a ticket machine, indicating that contactless funds should not doable and alluring the client to insert their card.
Nonetheless, the scammer will likely be watching the passenger and making a be aware of their pin. Each will then descend to the platform, and the scammer will pickpocket the sufferer’s purse or pockets as they board.
One sufferer stated that: “By the point I had turned spherical, [the scammer] had already received again off the prepare.”
Studies of an identical rip-off additionally surfaced in November 2021 in Toulouse, when a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old woman had been caught within the act.
No trains between Nantes and Cholet subsequent weekend
There will likely be no trains operating between Nantes and Cholet (Maine-et-Loire) through Clisson on between Sunday, November 13 and Monday, November 14.
The suspension, which is deliberate to permit work on the road first began in 2019, will final from 04:00 on the Sunday to 03:00 on the Monday.
The works may trigger some disturbance for native residents due to the machines getting used.
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