Orion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 1244 times:
Not too many years ago, this airport was seved by many of our charter carriers like Britannia and Dan Air offered a very regular service. Now it seems that there are very few flights from the UK. Is there many flights into the airport from other European airports.
As the destination is a major place of pilgrimage, I cant understand why there are so few flights into the airport. I remember Dan Air 1-11s could always been seen there.
LVZXV From Gabon, joined Mar 2004, 2041 posts, RR: 44 Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1023 times:
I flew a couple of times to Lourdes in the late-'80s/early-'90s with British Airways--cannot remember what aircraft it was, but it wasn't small and it was packed.
Lourdes was bidding for Ryanair service but lost out to nearby Pau.
Biarritz too. Irish Nuns are regulars on the Stansted-Biarritz service too, although Pau does make more sense due to its proximity to Lourdes.
The only explanation I can think of regarding the decline in direct services from the UK to Lourdes might entail stating the obvious; religious following is on the wane in Britain (I don't mean to sound reactionary). That said, I know quite a number of people in London who have gone to Lourdes to help out in recent years, of whom several made it an annual commitment. Some of them fly to Biarritz with Ryanair, others Pau.
Surrenr From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 92 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 982 times:
I have studies at the University de Pau back in 2001 and I had to fly from Pau to Paris CDG on a 737. I was the only commercial service I saw at the airport. There were like hourly flights to Orly and CDG. What is it like there now?
Greenjet From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 924 posts, RR: 1 Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 926 times:
In 2003 the number of pax on UK-Lourdes was 34,338. In 1997 it was 47,222. So there is quite a decline which is presumably mainly due to the FR services to other airports in the region. There is still a large number of charters from Irish airports to Lourdes. Unfortunately I don't have any traffic figures. The charters tend to be at certain periods of the year, eg Easter, rather than spread out over the year.