Airlittoralguy From France, joined Nov 2005, 234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2170 times:
In facts there is no TGV between Paris and Normandy. Just the poor old Corail trains. One needs more time now to get from Caen or Rouen to Paris than 20 years ago !
There is no public service obligation between Caen and Paris. I don't know if airlinair will interline with air france but the pax will be able to collect miles on flying blue. Flights are sold on airlinair website.
Goldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1830 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2092 times:
Quoting JezUK77 (Reply 2): Are there many domestic airline services in France? And do they compete well against the TGV? I would imagine it would be very difficult!
Yes there is still a strong domestic network in France, despite the TGV. Some routes have been cut or frequencies reduces over the last 15 years with the development of the TGV, and this tendency will continue with the developement of the network . The TGV has the advantage until 2.5 hrs travel time. The domestic network is mostly operated by AF and its regional affiliates (Brit Air, Regional) + a few routes operated by Airlinair on behalf of AF/Brit Air. Airlinair operates also a few routes on its own, like the new route to Caen announced in this thread.
Here are some links to maps where you can see the large network of French domestic routes
For AF : http://www.airfrance.fr/FR/fr/local/...eur/reseau/reseau_hub_province.htm
EDICHC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2031 times:
The schedule timing seems a little strange to me. If this service is targeting the business sector for example, then the lack of a late afternoon service, departing Paris say 1700-1800 is significant. I suspect many a business traveller may not wish to wait for an evening departure as late as 2045.
From that aspect what time could one get a departing train out of Paris for Caen around 1700 and what time would that have you arriving in Caen?
Icna05e From France, joined Feb 2006, 296 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1993 times:
I agree with EDICHC; for a Caen-origined passenger wanting to spend the day in Paris the time span is a bit long, with a very early morning departure and a very late return. As for passengers going the other way, well they have pretty little time in Caen.
There are plenty of rail options with a journey time just short of 2 hours (source http://www.voyages-sncf.com) leaving Paris roughly every half hour. But the flight would be aimed ad Southern suburbs, since getting to St Lazare station is not that easy from all those wealthy places.
Humberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4917 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1901 times:
Quoting EDICHC (Reply 5): The schedule timing seems a little strange to me. If this service is targeting the business sector for example, then the lack of a late afternoon service, departing Paris say 1700-1800 is significant. I suspect many a business traveller may not wish to wait for an evening departure as late as 2045.