Most of the people on this forum don't understand why the LCC are not so popular in France, and why there is no French domestic LCC. Most of you think that AF
is responsible for this situation, as it is supposed to be "protected" by the government.
The reality is different and much more simple :
The TGV (High speed train) is the biggest competitor on the short distances...and the first TGV line in France (PARIS-LYON) was inaugurated more than 20 years ago : in 1981.
Today it takes 1h45mn to go from Paris downtown to Lyon downtown, the flight between ORY
is 55 mn, add to this the Check-in time, the time to go to ORLY airport, and then From LYS
-St Exupery to the city.
The TGV now goes to Marseille (2h45mn from Paris ), to Lille (55mn), to Bordeaux, Nantes, etc...
Look what is going on now between Paris and Brussel : a Thalys TGV every 30 minutes from 7AM to 9PM...
No doubt that the plane can't compete under a 3 hours ride.
The TGV will soon go from Paris to AMS
from LYON to MILAN, and when the tracks will be operational for full speed all the way on the British side, it should take less than 2h30 to go from LONDON to PARIS...
According to serious sources, British Airways is reported to be joining a consortium to fund a high speed Eurostar Rail route from Heathrow to Paris. This would free up a significant number of slots at both LHR
where high-speed train rail links to AMS
relieve pressure on slots.
is studying the same thing between London and CDG