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Trip To Corsica: STR-Bastia-STR, Germanwings(pics)  
User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 22519 times:

Recently I visited the Isle of Corsica for a week. Corsica has got four civil airports (Bastia, Ajaccio, Calvi and Figari), but only one of them, Bastia, is linked with my home airport Stuttgart (STR) by a direct flight. Germanwings serves Stuttgart-Bastia only during summer schedule with a weekly flight on Sunday. In August there are additional flights on Tuesday and Friday as well. Flight prices in the low season are quite good; I paid EUR 28.00 for the flight + EUR 83.49 taxes, so altogether EUR 111.49 for the return flight.

While the airline might be not the most interesting one, I decided to write a report anyway, as Corsica and its airports aren’t covered frequently here on A.Net. So if you are interested, come with me:


Sunday, 06 April 2008
Stuttgart (STR) – Bastia (BIA)
Airline: Germanwings
Flight number: 4U 2434
Scheduled departure time: 06:45
Scheduled arrival time: 08:15
Type of aircraft: Airbus A 319-100
Registration: D-AKNS “Spirit of T-Mobile”



This aircraft was built and delivered to US Airways in 2000. In 2005, it was transferred to Germanwings, together with 8 other aircraft from the US Airways-fleet, and painted in a special T-Mobile logo jet-livery.


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I arrived at Stuttgart Airport early in the morning. The Germanwings check-in at STR has moved to Terminal 1 due to construction works in Terminal 2 where it is normally located:



There were four counters open for Germanwings “all flights” which were in fact flights to Malaga, Zadar and Bastia on that early Sunday morning. A fourth Germanwings flight to Pristina was handled at separate counters in Terminal 4. Check-in staff consisted of Germanwings and LH-agents. A friendly Germanwings-lady checked me in. “Do we have a service to Bastia today as well?” she wondered. “I hope so!” I replied. She then told me that she wasn’t yet too familiar with the summer destinations as summer schedule had just started the week before. I got my boarding pass, sequence number 1:



I passed security check quickly and was airside soon. After watching the morning departures a bit, I made my way to my gate number 323, a bus gate on the ground floor:



Boarding started at 6:20 which was 25 minutes before departure. A bus took all passengers to the aircraft that was parked on the apron. It was D-AKNS, the T-Mobile logo jet:



I boarded through the rear door:



A friendly flight attendant welcomed all passengers. There were all in all three female flight attendants on that service. Germanwings still had the free-seating policy (from May 2008 they will introduce assigned seats), and I chose seat 21F, a window seat in the back of the aircraft. There were only around 40 passengers on board of this flight which was a load factor of 30%, so I had a whole row for myself. Passengers were German tourists of all ages.

Next to our aircraft, two other Germanwings Airbuses were sitting idle on the apron. On Sunday morning, not the entire fleet is occupied. Flight attendants performed the safety demo manually. We were off-block on time and taxied the long way to runway 25. No waiting time; we were allowed to enter the runway immediately:



Take-off in Western direction:



Terminals 1-4. In the background, you can see the exhibition centre:



The town of Echterdingen:



Soon we were up in the clouds:



The first officer, who was obviously Swiss according to his accent, made a detailed announcement. He informed us about our flight route which would be STR-Rottweil-Switzerland-Saronno (near Milan)-Genoa and then via the Mediterranean Sea to Corsica.


Cabin crew offered food and drinks for sale. I had a coffee and a muffin for all in all EUR 4.50 which included a free second coffee refill:



The empty cabin during flight:



The Maritime Alps, somewhere over Italy:



After Crossing the Mediterranean Sea, we were reaching Cap Corse, the Northern end of Corsica:



The Gulf of Saint-Florent:



Some villages in the inner part of the isle:



The Isle of Corsica has got surprisingly high mountains that go up to a height of 2,700 metres:



We were approaching the isle from Northern direction. However, the planned landing direction was from the South. So we flew by the coast, performed a U-turn above the sea and returned to the airport:






Long beaches:



Final approach: the River Golo:



After touch-down on runway 34, we taxied to a parking position on the apron. We were the only aircraft present at the airport at that time. The terminal building with the tower:



We were on-block at 8:10 which was 5 minutes ahead of schedule. The flight attendant at the rear door was greeting the ground staff in French language which I found a nice gesture.

All passengers left the aircraft via stairs and walked the short distance to the arrivals area. Leaving D-AKNS:






Luggage arrived quickly at one of the three luggage belts:



I still had some time until my bus to Bastia was to depart, so I watched the traffic on the apron a bit. D-AKNS, on its way back to STR:



Air France A 320-200 from Paris Orly:



Then I took the bus to Bastia which costs EUR 8.50 for the 20 kilometres. Not quite cheap. But a taxi would have cost more than EUR 50.00, including a Sunday surcharge.


The Isle of Corsica is really beautiful. Here are a few pictures of the island as well, to give you an impression:

The City of Bastia with the Old Harbour; in the background you can see the New Harbour:



Old houses in Bastia:



A ferry ship in the harbour of Bastia:



Bastia by night:



Early morning atmosphere: the sun is rising behind the Isle of Elba while the over-night ferry from Toulon (French mainland) is on the last part of its way to the harbour of Bastia:



Erbalunga, a village on Cap Corse, the Northern end of the isle:



Landscape on Cap Corse:



After three days in Bastia and surrounding, I took a train to Corte which is located in the interior of the isle:



The town of Corte:



High mountains around Corte:



From Corte I took a bus to Ajaccio, the island’s capital, which is located on the West coast:



Then I returned to Bastia where I would catch my flight back to Stuttgart.



Sunday, 13 April 2008
Bastia (BIA) – Stuttgart (STR)
Airline: Germanwings
Flight number: 4U 2435
Scheduled departure time: 08:50
Scheduled arrival time: 10:10
Type of aircraft: Airbus A 319-100
Registration: D-AKNM “Mhhhh, Baden-Württemberg”



This aircraft was built and delivered to US Airways in 1999. In 2005, it was transferred to Germanwings, together with 8 other aircraft from the US Airways-fleet. It is wearing a special livery advertising Baden-Wuerttemberg, the region in the Southwest of Germany, with its many good restaurants.


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The bus between Bastia city centre and the airport isn’t running very frequently on Sunday morning, so I had to get up early. Shortly after 6:00 am, I was waiting at the bus stop, together with 5 other German tourists who wanted to take the Germanwings service to STR as well, and a Frenchman who was flying to ORY with Air France. But the bus didn’t arrive. 15 minutes after the scheduled departure time, a taxi arrived. The driver told us that the Bastia bus company had replaced the early Sunday morning service by a taxi as they were regularly expecting only one or two passengers. Unfortunately there was no sign on the schedule indicating this fact. He was surprised to see 7 people wanting to go to the airport. We asked him for a second taxi but he replied that there was none available at that time. He then decided to drive the way twice, taking the Frenchman (as his flight left first), two of the German tourists and me first and then returning to collect the remaining three passengers. He promised that everybody would be at the airport on time. And he was right – I met the three Germans of the second group later at the airport. The driver drove really fast and there was no traffic at all early in the morning. Obviously the Bastia bus company isn’t prepared yet for the low-cost flights and the increasing demand for ground transport capacity that goes along with them.

Anyway, as I was in the first group, I arrived at Bastia Airport at 6:50, two hours before scheduled departure. The terminal building:



The terminal is equipped with a small restaurant and a few shops. Traditional Corsican elements are included into the modern departure hall:



The check-in area:



Traffic at Bastia is mainly dominated by Air France and its local partner CCM Airlines who operate frequent services to all important airports on French mainland. The only scheduled non-AF flights on that weekend were three Germanwings flights to CGN, DTM and STR and a Flynordic charter flight to CPH. During high season, LH will serve Bastia as well (from HAM and from DUS).

Two check-in counters for my flight to STR were already open. As there are nearly no other flights that AF at Bastia, I had expected that ground handling for Germanwings at Bastia would be done by Air France. But I was wrong: there is a small handling company at Bastia Airport called Satab Handling who handles the non-AF flights. How can they survive with that?  Confused

Anyway, the check-in process was performed in English language and a very friendly young lady gave me the boarding pass for my flight:



The terminal building offers some nice views to the apron. The only aircraft present were three CCM Airlines planes that were about to leave for ORY (A 320), MRS (A 319) and NCE (ATR 72).

Airbus A 319-100 of CCM Airlines, leaving for Marseille:



Then I passed security control and entered the gate area. The small airside café closed after the last Air France / CCM departure at 8:00 – no coffee for the Germanwings passengers.

Bastia Airport is equipped with a most modern luggage handling system which I found surprising for such a small airport. Glass fronts make it visible for passengers:



At 8:10, the Germanwings Airbus arrived from STR:



Ground handling staff consisted of five persons (+ ramp agent) who were doing the whole handling process (stairs, luggage, cleaning, etc.). D-AKNM on the ramp:



Boarding started at 8:30 which was 20 minutes before scheduled departure. The gate agent, who had been one of the check-in agents, read the boarding announcement from a piece of paper (in English language only; there was no French announcement). Then all passengers walked the short distance to the aircraft. Again I boarded through the rear door and took seat number 23A. This time there were about 50 passengers on board which was a load factor of nearly 40%. Passengers were mainly Germans, including a group that was connecting to HAM, but there was a French family as well. The captain made a pre-flight welcome announcement. Then the three flight attendants (two female, one male) performed the safety demo. Soon we were off-block and taxied to runway 34:



Then we took off in Northern direction:



The “Etang de Biguglia”, a lake close to the coast:



The City of Bastia:






The village of Erbalunga on Cap Corse:



Last view of the isle:



The first officer, who was the pilot flying, came over the microphone and informed us about our flight route that would be Bastia-Genoa-Milan-Zurich-Lake Constance-STR. Cabin crew offered food and drinks; I had a coffee and a croissant for EUR 4.50:



The Italian coastline:



Milan Malpensa (MXP):



The Alps with Lago Maggiore (I think):



The Alps again:



Southern Germany:



“Burg Teck” (Teck Castle), near Kirchheim:



Stuttgart Airport was already visible:



The town of Neuhausen:



We touched down on runway 25 and taxied to a parking position on the apron. Three Germanwings sister ships:



We were on-block at 10:10 which was 10 minutes ahead of schedule. Leaving D-AKNM:



A bus took all passengers to the arrivals area of Terminal 3. Luggage arrived quickly and I took a train back home.



Conclusion: Germanwings offered good value for money. On-time flights and a friendly service. I really dislike their free-seating policy, although this was no problem on these flights due to the low load factor. And from May 2008, they will give out assigned seats anyway, so no problem for me to fly Germanwings again.

The Isle of Corsica is really worth a visit with its beautiful landscape, the interesting coastline and the high mountains, as well as the Mediterranean cities. If you should ever get the chance to visit the island, go there!


Thanks for reading my report. Questions and comments are always appreciated.

Regards

Christoph

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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4267 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 22438 times:

Hi Christoph!

Nice report for sure! Germanwings might not be the most exciting carrier to read about, at least you made it up all together quite enjoyable, for sure  thumbsup 

Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
I had a coffee and a muffin for all in all EUR 4.50 which included a free second coffee refill:

Had the same on my recent STN-CGN flight. Good value for money! I like the refill  Wink

Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
I really dislike their free-seating policy, although this was no problem on these flights due to the low load factor.

I think they recently changed it and now offer seat assignment on check-in?!

Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
The Isle of Corsica is really worth a visit with its beautiful landscape, the interesting coastline and the high mountains, as well as the Mediterranean cities. If you should ever get the chance to visit the island, go there!

It's on our 'to-go' list for quite some time now, and after seeing your pictures, there's no doubt anymore Big grin

Cheers,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5154 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 22393 times:

Hi, Christoph,

for sure a not to often covered destination here an A.net, nice pics and interesting story.
Corsica is also a white place in my log, booked a trip some years ago on AF/CCM but for some reasons
cancelled it later. But it seems it´s worth to visit. Thanx for the update.

Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
Type of aircraft: Airbus A 319-100
Registration: D-AKNS “Spirit of T-Mobile”

Still in my log on the now gone STR-CDG service.

Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
Type of aircraft: Airbus A 319-100
Registration: D-AKNM “Mhhhh, Baden-Württemberg”

And also in my log on SXF-STR!.

Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
The driver told us that the Bastia bus company had replaced the early Sunday morning service by a taxi

The joy of public transport!.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 1):
I think they recently changed it and now offer seat assignment on check-in?!

I was on MAD-STR last Wednesday, thought about fixed seating from May on.
What a surprise, fixed seating on 4U is really arrived ahead to schedule!.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2306 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 22377 times:

Great TR!

Is Bastia a part of Italy or its own country?



ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
User currently offlineEICVD From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2152 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 22357 times:

Hi Christoph
Excellent TR. Really enjoyed the read. Corsica sure does look like a very beautiful place. Slightly reminds me of the times I spent in southern France in 2004 & 2006.
Thanks


User currently offlineAH332 From Algeria, joined Mar 2007, 276 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 22267 times:

Hi,

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 3):
Is Bastia a part of Italy or its own country?

Bastia is a city on the Island of Corsica. It is a part of France but i don't know what it's classified as.

Anyway, Christoph, great TR! I never thought Corsica had so much to offer. Well...guess I ought to jot it down on my places to visit list! (I swear this list gets bigger and bigger everyday, but harder to accomplish!)

Cheers,
Imad



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User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1202 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 22138 times:

Hola Christoph!

Great TR. I enjoyed reading it and looking at the pictures, some of them are really great.

Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
The Isle of Corsica is really worth a visit with its beautiful landscape, the interesting coastline and the high mountains, as well as the Mediterranean cities. If you should ever get the chance to visit the island, go there!

It certainly is, I went there in 1991 and had a great time. I remember my visit to Corte and the beaches on the southern coast, deserted. I had a lovely time there. Your picture made me go back to have a look at mine again.

Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
The small airside café closed after the last Air France / CCM departure at 8:00 -- no coffee for the Germanwings passengers.

Ohlalà! So no café au lait for others than French airlines customers?  Wow! It is the worst thing that can happen in an early morning, being denied access to coffee. They should the chart of rights for European citizens, no borders and equal rights for all.  Wink Ms. Merkel should tell Mr. Sarkozy about that in their next summit!

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 22122 times:

I am planning to go to North Corsica. Is it worth visiting the city of Bastia though? Did you rent a car to visit the Cap Corse area? I hear the roads are narrow and tricky. Thanks for the interesting pictures.

User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1680 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 22033 times:

Hi Christoph,

A very nice and detailed report! France is a blank spot in my log, somehow I never felt like going to France by air!
But Corsica surely looks worth a visit, you really gave a nice impression!

Also nice to have 2 planes with special colors during your trip!
Thanks for sharing!!

Gruss,
Joost ( D-ALCE )



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User currently offlineJoka From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 33 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 21960 times:

Thank you for all the pics. The scenery was stunning! I love the town pics and the alps. wow

User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17420 posts, RR: 46
Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 21908 times:



Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
I had a coffee and a muffin for all in all EUR 4.50 which included a free second coffee refill:

Holy crap! I hope that was an amazing muffin Silly



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8524 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 21829 times:
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Nice report Christoph, many thanks.

Corsica looks like a real nice place to visit, I'd like a long weekend there, but it's not that easy to get there unless you change planes - I'm fine with that, Nic's not!

Thanks again.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6747 posts, RR: 77
Reply 12, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 21800 times:

Great report, Christoph! Can't remember another Bastia report here on a.net. Oh, and congrats for getting two logojets!

Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
The Maritime Alps, somewhere over Italy:

Fantastic pic.

Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
Then I took the bus to Bastia which costs EUR 8.50 for the 20 kilometres. Not quite cheap. But a taxi would have cost more than EUR 50.00, including a Sunday surcharge.

What a rip-off!

Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
The City of Bastia with the Old Harbour; in the background you can see the New Harbour:



Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
Early morning atmosphere: the sun is rising behind the Isle of Elba while the over-night ferry from Toulon (French mainland) is on the last part of its way to the harbour of Bastia:

Absolutely stunning, great shots.


PH



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User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 21788 times:

Thanks to all of you for your nice feedback!

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 1):
I think they recently changed it and now offer seat assignment on check-in?!



Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
I was on MAD-STR last Wednesday, thought about fixed seating from May on.
What a surprise, fixed seating on 4U is really arrived ahead to schedule!.

Yes, I have also read in their in-flight magazine that they would offer seat assignement on check-in from May. But obviously they have introduced it even earlier. Maybe I was on one of the last flights with free seating?

Quoting AH332 (Reply 5):
Well...guess I ought to jot it down on my places to visit list! (I swear this list gets bigger and bigger everyday, but harder to accomplish!)

I know that problem!  Smile

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 6):
I remember my visit to Corte and the beaches on the southern coast, deserted.

The Southern coast must be great as well. Unfortunately I didn't go there this time. But this is definately a reason to return to the island.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 6):
Ohlalà! So no café au lait for others than French airlines customers? It is the worst thing that can happen in an early morning, being denied access to coffee. They should the chart of rights for European citizens, no borders and equal rights for all. Ms. Merkel should tell Mr. Sarkozy about that in their next summit!

Great! Big grin

Quoting Semsem (Reply 7):
I am planning to go to North Corsica. Is it worth visiting the city of Bastia though? Did you rent a car to visit the Cap Corse area? I hear the roads are narrow and tricky.

The City of Bastia is definately worth a visit. I personally liked it more than Ajaccio (but this is always a matter of taste, of course). However, one day might be enaugh to see the most interesting places in Bastia.

I didn't rent a car; I visited Cap Corse by bus (there are several scheduled bus services all around the island). But I think it wouldn't be a problem as well to go there by car. The roads along the coast are all right. After all, you don't have to drive too quickly.

Quoting DALCE (Reply 8):
Also nice to have 2 planes with special colors during your trip!

Yes, indeed. On Germanwings, this happens quite frequently due to the large amount of special liveries.

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 10):
Holy crap! I hope that was an amazing muffin

It was fantastic!  Wink However, I found EUR 4.50 for a muffin and two cups of coffe not too expensive. You would pay the same in an airport restaurant.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 11):
but it's not that easy to get there unless you change planes

It really isn't easy if you don't live in France (lots of flights from Corsica to French mainland) or at an airport with a direct holiday or low-cost service to Corsice, like STR. Even FRA and MUC don't have direct flights to Corsica, as far as I know.

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 21780 times:

Hi PH, thanks to you as well for your reply!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 12):
Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
Then I took the bus to Bastia which costs EUR 8.50 for the 20 kilometres. Not quite cheap. But a taxi would have cost more than EUR 50.00, including a Sunday surcharge.

What a rip-off!

Yes, indeed. Even though the airport isn't really close to the city (around 20 kilometres), this doesn't justify these enormous prices.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 12):
Absolutely stunning, great shots.

Thank you!

Regards
Christoph


User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17063 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 21649 times:

Nice TR

The pics are brilliant.

I have also flown on a T mobile a/c (D-AHLD)

Corsica seems so nice.



Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2899 posts, RR: 23
Reply 16, posted (6 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 21491 times:

Hi Christoph,

great report and (most important) again some very nice pics, thanks for sharing. It's interesting to read about the handling at BIA, with the small handling company only handling two or three flights a day, in an AF/CCM dominated place. No surprise that bus (taxi) schedules and opening hours of snack bars depend on AF departures, it looks like a lot of the locals (even at the airport) didn't even realize yet there are other airlines serving this airport. Anyway, the loads on your flights showed that these 4U flights are not (yet?) very popular, let's hope that their passenger figures to BIA keep rising.

Thanks again, Alex.


User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7409 posts, RR: 57
Reply 17, posted (6 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 21465 times:



Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
From Corte I took a bus to Ajaccio, the island's capital

Ajaccio is the biggest city in Corsica but not a "capital". Corsica is divided into 2 "departments" : Corse du Nord (North Corsica) and Corse du Sud (South Corsica). Corte was the Capital of Corsica during the short time the island was independent, 1757/1768.

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 3):
Is Bastia a part of Italy or its own country?

Bastia is a city on the island of Corsica. Corsica is a French department.
Corsica has a very interesting History. It became a French territory in 1768 when it was sold to the King of France by the Republic of Genoa who was the administrator of the island.

Corsica is a Paradise on earth. Breathtaking landscapes, gorgeous white sand beaches, preserved nature, incredible "authentic" food, and great people. The best time to visit Cosica is May/June and September.

Air France and the CCM (Compagnie Corse Mediterranée) fly from Paris-Orly to BIA (Bastia), AJA (Ajaccio) and CLY (Calvi).
Air France serves also FSC (Figari) from Paris-Orly.
CCM flies also to MRS, NCE, LYS, flights are codeshares with AF.

CDG is not served from Corsica.

CCM is operating a fleet of 2 A319, 2 A320 and 6 ATR72. A MD83 is leased during the high summer season to provide additional flights.


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User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4693 posts, RR: 42
Reply 18, posted (6 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 21387 times:

Very nice report with some stunning photos, Christoph! Corse is also quite high on my destination list; maybe I can finally manage to arrange a trip there next year or in 2010.  Smile


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User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (6 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 21308 times:

Thanks a lot for your comments B747forever, Alex, FlySSC and Jens!

Quoting B747forever (Reply 15):
I have also flown on a T mobile a/c (D-AHLD)

Yes, that was the HLX / TUIfly B 737-500. This Aircraft is now flying for Aerolineas Argentinas.

Quoting Ndebele (Reply 16):
No surprise that bus (taxi) schedules and opening hours of snack bars depend on AF departures, it looks like a lot of the locals (even at the airport) didn't even realize yet there are other airlines serving this airport.

Yes, that's the impression I got. But I guess that might change during high-season when more foreign airlines, including LH, Germania and XL Airways, will serve Bastia.

@FlySSC: thanks a lot for your additional information!

Quoting FlySSC (Reply 17):
Ajaccio is the biggest city in Corsica but not a "capital".

I don't want to be a know-all, but according to my knowledge, Ajaccio is something like a regional capital, although Corsica itself is part of France. Taken from Wikipedia: "Ajaccio is the capital of the territorial collectivity of Corsica and the prefecture of the department of Corse-du-Sud."

Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 18):
Corse is also quite high on my destination list; maybe I can finally manage to arrange a trip there next year or in 2010.

Yes, it's definately worth a visit.

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7409 posts, RR: 57
Reply 20, posted (6 years 3 months 4 weeks ago) and read 21294 times:



Quoting Contact Air (Reply 19):
I don't want to be a know-all, but according to my knowledge, Ajaccio is something like a regional capital, although Corsica itself is part of France. Taken from Wikipedia: "Ajaccio is the capital of the territorial collectivity of Corsica and the prefecture of the department of Corse-du-Sud."

OK. "Capital" in that way is correct ... France is divided into 97 departements (+ 3 "overseas" departements : Guyane, Guadeloupe and Martinique). Each Departement's "Capital" is called "Préfecture".


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10893 posts, RR: 37
Reply 21, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 21210 times:

Thank you very much for your trip report. You are taking me to some most well known grounds. I must say it's a nice surprise for me to see a trip report about Corsica. I have to explain why.

Corsica is where I was born, in a village by the sea between Bastia and Erbalunga. The name of the village is Pietranera. Maybe you remember going through there on your way to Erbalunga.

Also, there is a very important historical link between Corsica and Monaco. Monaco was founded by Saint Devote, a young woman originating from Corsica, in fact she was born not far at all from Bastia airport. Saint Devote is the Saint Patron of Monaco and the Princely family while always being the Saint Patron of Corsica.

You can read about the wonderful history of Saint Devote on this link. She was a most courageous young woman.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Devota

The island of Corsica is divided into two districts (départements). Haute Corse (Higher Corsica) of which Bastia is the administrative center and Corse du Sud (Southern Corsica) of which Ajaccio is the administrative center (Prefectures). Corte has the University of Corsica.

If I go to Corsica rather than flying, I prefer going by ferry from Nice to Bastia. The Corsica Ferries are fast and efficient. Their ships are some of the best, always clean and the service on board is excellent. The food and drinks are very reasonably priced and of good quality.

I encourage all of you to go visit this most wonderful and yet unknown island. Tourism is still not at a peak point, nothing to compare with the busy and overbuilt French Riviera. Except for the two main cities the place is mostly unspoilt and the little mountain villages are so unusual and charming. Nature is wonderful in Corsica.

The locals seem a bit obtuse at first but deep inside they are very kind, helpful and hospitable. They will ask you a lot of questions only because they are very curious about other people, where they come from, what brought them to Corsica. They will always be happy to give you information tips on the best places to go (where to eat... among other things) if you ask them.

And again this is a great trip report on a very beautiful region of the world that's still very much unknown to most people. Congratulations! You certainly chose the right place!!

[Edited 2008-04-27 13:49:14]


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User currently offlineInfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1451 posts, RR: 33
Reply 22, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 21159 times:

I really enjoyed your report. I've never been to Corsica, but like so many others here have said, it's on my to do list. The combination of mountains and beaches is very tempting.

Your shot of the sunrise is just stunning. And I really like the special livery for Baden-Württemberg, makes me smile!

Thanks for posting and happy flying

Infodesk



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User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 23, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 21100 times:

Thanks a lot for your nice replies, MadameConcorde and Infodesk!  Smile

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 21):
The name of the village is Pietranera. Maybe you remember going through there on your way to Erbalunga.

Yes, indeed I do remember Pietranera. In fact, my hotel for Bastia was located on the way between Bastia and Pietranera. Maybe you know it: it is called Hotel l'Alivi. Pietranera itself is a nice village with great views to the Mediterranean Sea.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 21):
The Corsica Ferries are fast and efficient. Their ships are some of the best, always clean and the service on board is excellent.

Having arrived by air, I didn't use one of the ferries. But I saw the ships in the harbours of Bastia and Ajaccio. They really gave a good impression from outside. Especially the large, modern ferries of the sate-run ferry company SNCM look really great. But also the yellow boats of Corsica and Sardinia Ferries don't look bad at all.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 21):
I encourage all of you to go visit this most wonderful and yet unknown island. Tourism is still not at a peak point

Yes, it's indeed a very nice atmosphere with still not too many tourists or too many large hotel buildings in the landscape. But I guess Corsica might get more popular, also among non-French visitors, with the holiday flights that are offered from various European countries now. Let's hope that the locals are able to keep the right balance between tourism, that is needed for the economy, and the protection of the landscape of the isle.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 22):
The combination of mountains and beaches is very tempting.

Yes, this is something really unique. You can do so many different things on the isle: You can spend one day on the beach and climb up a mountain the next day if you want to.

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineWA707atMSP From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2221 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 21021 times:

Thank you for a wonderful trip report. I really enjoyed your pictures of Corsica. I wish more people would include pictures of their destination in their trip reports.

I saw Corsica from the air in May, 2005, as my AZ 777 was descending into FCO from JFK. It looked beautiful, and like everyone else who has read your report, I hope to visit Corsica someday.



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25 MadameConcorde : I certainly know Hotel L'Alivi set in a very nice location with sea view. Walking to Bastia from there is a very nice walk and the sidewalks are very
26 Contact Air : Thanks for your (additional) comments, WA707atMSP and MadameConcorde! Yes, I also enjoy it if people include some "non-aviation" pictures into their r
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