Elected officials denounce a “shocking” and “unacceptable” decision, which risks further locking up the tip of Brittany.
End of applause on October 30 for the Brest-Orly line. In an email dated 5 September, Air France announces to Breton elected officials that “the line’s economy has deteriorated considerably” And “this situation unfortunately does not allow the line to continue operating in the winter season 2022, after 30 October“. In a separate statement, ten parliamentarians from the majority, who claim to have met with transport minister Clément Beaune, indicate a”unacceptable decision as it is“,”especially since the goal of a high-speed line west of Brittany has not yet been achieved and remains at best above 3.30am“.
“The accessibility of our territory, and consequently its attractiveness, is essential to allow the development of businesses and employment at the tip of Brittany. Therefore, we call Air Franceand its majority shareholder, the French state, to review this position“, Write in a joint statement the president of the Loïg Chesnais-Girard region (various left), the mayor of Brest François Cuillandre (PS) and the president of the Finistère department, Maël de Calan (LR).
Fill rates around 30%
When questioned, the airline Transavia, operator of the line and subsidiary of Air France-KLM, indicated that it would communicate “soon on its flight schedule from Brest“, specifying that it has proceeded”the evaluation of the economic performance of each line“. The company refers in particular to”fill rate“insufficient”about 30%“.
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“However, the service between Brest and Paris remains provided by Air France at CDG Paris airport.“,”with more than 20 weekly frequencies“, specifies Air France, which emphasizes that this line allows”to make the round trip within the day between Brest and Paris, and connects Brest to many French and international destinations“. The group also saysready to study the possibility of commercial support for a regional company that wants to position itselfon the Brest-Orly line.
In their letter, the parliamentarians stress that, if the Paris-Charles de Gaulle service is maintained, “This airport is not suitable for quick day trips, especially in central Paris, as Orly allows.”
Soon an Ouigo
“Rest assured, there will always be a train that will take you between Brest and Paris“, Stéphane Rapebach, general manager of Ouigo, a low cost service of the SNCF, reacted on Twitter, announcing the arrival of the Ouigo trains in December in Brest. The SNCF already hires around 20 trains a day between Paris and Brest, the first of which departs at 5 am from Brest. And this, sometimes in less than 3:30 hours, without offense to the elected Bretons: this Thursday 8 August, a TGV line connects Brest to Paris-Montparnasse … in 3:29 hours.
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