New low-cost TGV routes, Irish flights: Eight France journey updates

We take a look at the tales affecting journey to, from and round France this week. 

New low-price Ouigo prepare locations added to community 

New locations might be added to France’s low-price Ouigo rail community from December onwards. 

Tickets for the brand new routes might be available for purchase from October 5 with costs ranging between €16 and €19. 

The brand new locations are: 

  • Paris – Brest: trains will cease at Saint-Brieuc, Guingamp and Morlaix. This route might be a brand new department of the prevailing Paris-Quimper line, which stops at Rennes, Vannes and Lorient.
  • Paris – La Rochelle: this route will solely be out there on weekends. It will likely be a brand new department on the Paris – Bordeaux route, stopping at St-Pierre-des-Corps, Poitiers, Niort and Surgères. 
  • Paris – Perpignan: this might be an extension of the Paris-Montpellier route together with stops at Sète, Agde, Béziers and Narbonne. It will likely be out there from March 2023.

New Shannon – Paris-Orly air route launched 

A brand new route between the Irish city of Shannon and Paris-Orly has been launched by Spanish low-cost airline Vueling.

Flights will run twice every week on Mondays and Fridays.

The primary flight took off on September 12, and passengers have been provided freshly made crêpes and a Paris-themed cake on the gate.

On the launch, Irish Transport Minister Hildegarde Naughton stated: “The brand new Paris-Orly connection not solely supplies vital alternatives for the individuals throughout the area, but in addition for inbound visitors from Paris, additional boosting tourism connections between the Mid West of Eire and Paris”.

Air visitors management strike: 1,000 flights cancelled 

Greater than 1,000 flights have been cancelled in France immediately (September 16) as the results of an air visitors controllers’ strike which is able to final till 06:00 tomorrow. 

Aviation authority the Path générale de l’aviation civile (DGAC) requested airways to chop their schedules in half to assist handle the consequences of the strike, however nonetheless warned of “extreme” disruption and inspired passengers to postpone their journeys if doable. 

Learn extra: Strike motion to floor one in each two flights in France on Friday

The Syndicat nationwide des contrôleurs du trafic aérien (SNCTA) air visitors management union has additionally known as three extra strike days on Wednesday, September 28, Thursday, September 29 and Friday, September 30. 

Learn extra: French air visitors controllers announce three extra strike days

Nonetheless, these could also be known as off if an settlement is reached.

You’ll be able to learn extra in regards to the unfolding scenario in our article right here: 

Learn extra: French air visitors management strike: 1000 flights, all airports affected

€1 for regional prepare tickets in Occitanie 

Folks in Occitanie can journey across the area at €1 per TER prepare ticket on weekends within the month of September, due to a partnership between the native council and SNCF. 

Tickets will be purchased at this value for any vacation spot throughout the area, so long as they’re for a TER and the journey is on September 17, 18, 24 or 25. 

Tickets will be purchased on-line, at ticket machines or via the Trainline app.

There are additionally 5 TER traces in Occitanie on which tickets are €1 all year long. These are: 

  • Nîmes – Le Grau du Roi 
  • Carcassonne – Quillan 
  • Perpignan – Villefranche-Vernet-les-Bains 
  • Marvejols – La-Bastide-St-Laurent-les-Bains
  • Béziers – Bédarieux – St-Chély-d’Apcher 

This weekend, individuals in Occitanie may use the €1 provide to take advantage of the Journées du Patrimoine cultural occasions, which is able to final till Sunday (September 18).

Learn extra: Heritage days: Methods to discover out what’s on in your space of France

Paris métro Ligne 4 goes automated 

Some trains on the Ligne 4 of the Paris métro community are actually operating and not using a driver on account of modernisation works which started in 2016.

The road, which runs down the center of the town, joins the Lignes 1 and 14, that are already operated routinely. 

RATP chief government Catherine Guillouard has stated that the automation of the Ligne 4, which is the second busiest on the community, will improve its capability by 20% by enabling trains to cease at stations each 85 seconds. 

“We’ve got [this week] debuted the launch of 4 autonomous trains, earlier than climbing progressively to the automation of all 52 trains by the top of 2023,” she stated.

The automation course of is costing €640million, and €240million is being spent on the trains themselves. 

Overlook firm automobiles: SNCF considers ‘firm prepare’ scheme 

French prepare operator SNCF might quickly start to supply a ‘firm prepare’ service as a substitute for an organization automobile, the director of TGV-Intercités has stated. 

Alain Krakovitch has stated that this scheme, which might be out there from 2024, would “reply to the necessity for sustainable improvement, whereas providing benefits akin to that of an organization automobile.”

It could in all probability contain a ‘transport credit score’ scheme enabling staff to take trains and rent automobiles to get them from door to door.

“There are an enormous variety of particular person firm automobiles in France immediately: 2.8 million,” Mr Krakovitch stated. “I discover it fascinating to consider an alternate that we will suggest to firms wishing to have the ability to provide different options which align extra carefully with rising aspirations for a extra eco-friendly sort of journey.

“I believe younger staff might be receptive [to the idea],” he added.

Volotea pilot in Brest-Landivisiau airport mix-up

The pilot of a Volotea flight from Ajaccio to Brest practically landed on the Landivisiau naval air station as a substitute final weekend when he confused the 2 airports.

The airplane started to descend into Landivisiau, which is 25km away from Brest, however the pilot realised his mistake on the final minute and started ascending as soon as once more from 1,300 ft to keep away from what would have been a harmful touchdown. 

The error was in all probability attributable to the truth that the airport and the air station have “the identical alignment”, though maps do warn of the danger of confusion.

In all, the error precipitated an 18-minute delay to passengers. 

Learn additionally: France’s ‘most British airport’ to be renamed after Queen Elizabeth II

Local weather activists stage daybreak protest outdoors Bordeaux cruise ship

Folks sleeping on board a cruise ship docked in Bordeaux have been woken by a gaggle of Extinction Rebel activists protesting towards the air pollution attributable to this kind of tourism.

The protesters have been drumming and fanfaring outdoors the Seven Sea Voyager ship for 45 minutes, shouting “Get up! The local weather is altering” and “Cease sinking the local weather” and holding up banners. 

“The common vacationer ship emits as many fantastic particulates as a million automobiles every day, and the influence of this air pollution can unfold over tons of of kilometres,” Extinction Rebel claimed.

The protesters stated that some passersby joined them, with one saying: “This can be a shame! We’ve got all noticed the ecological emergency in Bordeaux and we discover ourselves in entrance of large ships; it’s mindless!”

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