Ned Kelly From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5236 times:
I will normally be the first person to admit I hate these type of threads, but I am going to be working in Paris for a while & I was looking for flights for the above route so I could pop home on a regular basis as an alternative to the Eurostar train. I guess in a way I have answered my own question "Eurostar", also "lack of demand" is usually another reason why an airline doesn't fly a particular route. But when I looked there seems to be plenty of other flights to London, such as Gatwick, Heathrow & Luton but none I could find for Stansted!!
Stansted has LCC Easyjet & Ryanair based there, in addition both have bases at CDG/ORY (U2) & Ryanair Beauvais (BVA). Suprised none of them have taken this route on yet. Anyone got any other answers?
Goldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1889 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5132 times:
I flew only one CDG-STN 8 to 10 years ago. It was on KLM-UK. I don't think there are flights anymore between PAR and LGW (BA axed this route a few years ago). BD axed also CDG-LHR (AF & BA remain on this route). You gave the answer : Eurostar
Shankly From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 1553 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5043 times:
Used to be one of the underpin routes of Stansted airport in the late 70's and early 80's (along with AMS) as it began to emerge as a potential 3rd London airport.
Initially operated by Air Anglia with F27's which then merged with BIA to become Air UK (SD330's, 360's, F27's & F28), which became KLM UK (F100's), which partly became Buzz, which was dissolved into Ryanair with the remainder of th business dissolved back into KLM. Gone!
Worth also noting that during this period BA and AF used to throw multiple A300's and L1011's across the channel to meet capacity. As Goldorak notes, Eurostar is the answer
Noelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5040 times:
Buzz used to operate STN-CDG with a 146, remember taking this flight back in 2001. The only flights LON-PAR now are from LCY and LHR.
Looks like airlines on these routes are gradually pulling out of the London routes, the good news is you can still fly from the rest of the country to CDG (where there isn't easy access to the Eurostar) - EMA, BHX, MAN to name but a few all have flights to CDG.
has already explained the history of the route, I worked in Paris in 1999-2000 and used both KLMuk and Buzz a few times. I also came close to buying a ticket on Suckling Airways from CDG to NWI but the route closed over the year 2000 celebrations. Flybe also fly CDG-BHX which is connected by train to STN if you really want some variety!
Or, for cheapness, try Eurolines, or the train+ferry combination via Calais and Dover...
Joost From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 3201 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4881 times:
Nevertheless, it surprises met that U2 is able to fill up to 4 daily flights (Fridays) on LTN-CDG. At the times that Eurostar had it's terminus at Waterloo, I could understand that LTN was an attractive alternative airport for people from north London, who didn't want to cross the city. But with Eurostar going from St. Pancrass to Gare du Nord, I don't really see how U2 competes here. I would have thought that LGW-CDG would be more attractive, for people from the South of London.
On the other hand, I'm also surprised that both SN and BA still fly LGW-BRU, as London-Brussels on Eurostart is even shorter than London-Paris.
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3272 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4861 times:
I think that they key to U2's success on LTN - CDG is the fact that LTN is about 48km north of London - it thus has a sizeable catchment area beyond London itself. Additionally it would garner traffic from those folks who prefer not to trek to the big city to travel onwards - nowadays that is a big consideration for some.
So did I once. Overnight to Paris, day there (flat-hunting) then overnight back. A killer.
We actually went to Paris last week by train, took the car to Luton and parked at the Parkway station, and took the train to St Pancras. Train left Parkway station at 10.16, we were on the 11.01 Eurostar - just made it!
I once had to go to Paris for work, and my manager booked U2, as the cost was less, even including getting to Luton from Newmarket (no mean feat when I didn't have a car, via London on the train), than the Eurostar.
VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7902 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4631 times:
Quoting Joost (Reply 5): But with Eurostar going from St. Pancrass to Gare du Nord, I don't really see how U2 competes here.
I took two dates at random. London to Paris in a month's time on 10 November returning on 13 November. The lowest price St Pancras-Gare du Nord on Eurostar was £59.00 (£29.50 out and return). The lowest price LTN-CDG on U2 was £44.15 (£20.99 out and £23.16 return) or a saving of just over a quarter.
However to the U2 fare must be added the Roissy-Gare du Nord train fare (assuming the journey is to or through central Paris). But many (like myself living 12 miles from LTN) would save money by travelling to LTN rather than to St Pancras as a departure point.
Darr34 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2009, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3683 times:
Quoting VV701 (Reply 9): I took two dates at random. London to Paris in a month's time on 10 November returning on 13 November. The lowest price St Pancras-Gare du Nord on Eurostar was £59.00 (£29.50 out and return). The lowest price LTN-CDG on U2 was £44.15 (£20.99 out and £23.16 return) or a saving of just over a quarter
and also it's easier to find EZY's cheapest fare than Eurostar's cheapest. The Paris £59rtn Eurostar fare has limited avaliabilty compared with that of Lille or Brussels
Rivet42 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 884 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3624 times:
I love flying, and generally if the flying time is greater than the total amount of time spent travelling to/from the airports and waiting around, then it's fine. But for LON-PAR and LON-BRU I'd choose Eurostar any day. Especially as a Leisure Select fare can often be had for under £200 return, which is business-class level service for the entire journey rather than just the 30 minutes spent in the air. Love it!
Ned Kelly From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3609 times:
Many thanks for the replies. I did of course mean to enter London City airport rather than Gatwick. My intention by trying to find a flight on a CDG/ORY-STN service was to try and avoid travelling through central London, along with a cheap alternative to the Eurostar. I live in Colchester Essex so on top of the Eurostar fare it will cost me approximately £40 return to get from St Pancras - Colchester via Liverpool Street Stn. From Stansted to Colchester there is an excellent cheap bus service, so total price door to door is a factor I considered when looking for an alternative (& I like flying!). I did check the U2 LTN-ORY service for price consideration, and some flights were around the £29 each way which is the same as the cheapest Eurostar, problem is Luton is too far from where I live. I guess Luton has a bigger catchment area than Stansted, however I would have thought the Eurostar would have been a bigger competitor with U2 as St Pancras/Kings Cross is on the same train line as Luton, Stansted is not. Although Stansted would probaly loose out to the NE London catchement for Pax's, I would have thought there would be enough pax's from the other areas around STN.