PatrickZ80 wrote:vinniewinnie wrote:It’s not gonna happen: 3,5 hours travel time with the added inconvenience of having to push your luggage to/from the station in Amsterdam and wait for a train in less comfortable circumstances than in an airport is just not convenient compared compared to having a straight-through journey.
You do realise that, since both Amsterdam and Paris Charles de Gaulle have a train station at the airport, the inconvenience is a lot less. The train goes straight from airport to airport, so it is a straight through journey even if one part is by plane and the other part is by train. You don't have to go from the airport to the city to catch the train, the train stops at the airport.
Having to push your luggage? Yes, but you'd have to check it in and collect it anyway so what does it matter? It could be that you start your trip in Amsterdam and you fly from Charles de Gaulle. What does it matter if you take your luggage to the counter in Amsterdam or in Paris? Alternatively, it could be that your final destination is Paris but you land at Amsterdam. What does it matter if you collect your luggage from the belt in Amsterdam or in Paris?
That is nonsense. I mean people usually start their trip from somewhere else than the airport, not at the airport.
Second of all u have to factor in journey time & waiting time. Journey time is higher for rail, and waiting time can be quite a bit higher, in less than ideal circumstances. Between lugging your luggage at your departure or arrival destination, and lugging your luggage at an intermediary point end potentially at your end & beginning destination, there is a huge difference. I don’t know about AMS anymore, but CDG train-air transfers are not very convenient.
Finally there is perception. People have a preference for flying.
In conclusion, unless you make air-air connections very inconvenient (ie long connection times), air-air connections will not interest a lot of people. That is why SN is running 2-3 flights a day between CDG and BRU. As for AF, they are not after the Belgium market as much as KLM does. That is why KLM is running a couple of flights between BRU and AMS!