|Quoting Pihero (Reply 8):|
But I think that's too much asking from you.
I do not complain about the TGV infrastructure because each country has an obligation to provide basic road and rail infrastructure to it's citizens.
That this infrastructure is paid by tax-payers money seems legitimate.
TGV is indeed a great competitor for Air France domestic flights (and flights to London or Brussles ) but the issue is not exclusively tied to the TGV offer.
Airports like Marseille,Nice ,Montpellier or Bordeaux have quite a good offer on Air France flights to Paris (ORY
) but no good and competetive flights to other european destinations .The principe of feeding a hub is logic and makes sense for Air France to fill their planes .But when I have to fly first one hour up north to Paris,change plane,fly back another two hours south from Paris to Madrid instead of flying directly from Montpellier or Marseille to Madrid- it's an expensive way to transport passengers.
Hub operations are fully justified and neccessary to fill long-haul networks and longer medium-distance flight ! Fully agreed on this -but short,close neighbour-country flights are useless if the hubfeeder-flight is longer than the direct flight.
The low-costs do develop passenger streams that were inexistant before and do it point to point-which obviously attracts the passengers since they save time and money.
Bordeaux has since two years a service called "porte iberique" with flights to Spain and Portugal which is a positive developpement but not enough and to focussed on Spain exclusively.
Who would have though there would be demand for flights from say -Charleroi to Nîmes...???? Now all the flights on Ryanair are full and passengers pay more than just the famous 29 € plus taxes -the average yield on these new routes would indicate there is room for Air France to introduce economically viable fights to province-towns.But you don't want to do it because it does not fit your business -model . So let others do it without complaining about airport charges!
And what is true for Nîmes is also true for Marseille.
So Since Air France never would think of putting up new liaisions between say MRS
- what's the problem ?
And the argument that Air France is offering also low-fare tickets is true and false- true in the proper sense that if you book well ahead in time and stay long enough (over weekend) you get cheap tickets to european destinations.
But try tickets within the same week-without saturday night- you end up with ridicoulous fares.
You seem not to accept any critic towards Air France since you are most likely flying for them- great -I have never ever critizised Air France for their lack of performance,service ,safety or management - but I do critizise them for their attitude against anything that comes even close to challenge their thurst for monopoly in french airtransport.
Lufthansa which is in a similar dominant position in Germany, has no problem with accepting competing airlines in Germany .
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