I travelled into London St Pancras rail terminus today, which is going to be the new high speed London rail terminal for Eurostar trains travelling to/from Paris and Brussels.
I live in Wellingborough (Northamptonshire) on the Midland Mainline express train services to London and we called at Luton Airport Parway on the way into London and the train service took only 22 minutes to get into London from Luton...
My question is... With First Capital Connect and Midland Mainline offering such good connections to London and onwards connections to Eurostar from next year. Will easyJet be able to maintain a high frequency 5-6 times daily service between Luton and Paris?
With many of Luton Airports main market living along the corridor of this rail route, the obvious and easiest option to get to Paris will be Eurostar from next year. Unlike AF or BA, easyJet do not carry connecting passengers, so cannot be reliannt on this market.
Even though I love air travel, I feel I would use the Eurostar service to Paris if I need to travel there. As if I travel to Luton Airport by train I need to carry luggage up and down stairs at LTN Parkway station, be subjected to 10-15 min bus transfer to the terminal and then have to check-in 1-2 hrs before departure. When Eurostar check-in is 30-40mins before departure and will be no stairs to negotiate at St Pancras.