I don't know what you mean by FR
inclined to look at major airports. I can't remember a single city where they have moved to the "main" airport (other than WAW
with the issues in the new Modlin airport, and BCN
yet they are still big in GRO
)... they are still in STN
In fact they have cancelled most of their flights out of LGW
, and a bunch of them out of MAD
So it seems that Ryanair is fine when they are the king of the airport, and they can do whatever they want (tax breaks, no jet-bridges, put in practice their luggage policies and "controls" as pleased...)... I doubt that would ever happen in CDG
that are part of Aeroports de Paris, where the major stakeholder is the French government (so in which interest they would give Ryanair any advantage???). Very different for Beauvais or Vatry which are small airports operated by regional governments happy to have someone flying there.
As for their future... Vatry is down to Porto and Marrakech from what I see... Moroccan and Portuguese communities are huge in France (Ryanair flies out of Porto to every other town in France) so no doubt those are VFR for people living in that area (Reims is not far) happy not to drive 150 km. to ORY
(and not the other way around).
Beauvais... I now live in Paris and my feeling is that FR
is not near as big as it is in London or Brussels (where I have lived as well). I guess there are a few reasons. First, you have plenty of low-cost operators out of CDG
(even with their "low cost" T3
) and ORY
, notably Easyjet, Transavia and Vueling, and their holiday operators like Air Mediterranee or Europe Airpost. Even Air France with their new operator (HOP) and fare structures (one-way only, basic fares) have surprisingly good prices.
is literally in the middle of nowhere. STN
have a catchment area of their own, which is not the case for Paris.
And thirdly (maybe that is a very personal opinion), with the two above combined, I don't see many French (or Parisian) people in general as interested to get the cheapest price at any cost and take the hassle to take the bus or drive to BVA
and then put up with Ryanair and their practices. Most people I know here would never ever consider flying from BVA
, while in London for the "good" price, more people would consider STN
and be treated like cattle if it is cheap enough to save a few £££ (again, personal feeling), which I think it doesn't match up that well with French mentality.
So my feeling as that things will stay as they are... it will be just interesting if Ryanair ever sets a base in BVA... I think it is their biggest airport without base... I can imagine it has to do with French job regulations and whether they would be able to operate with Irish contracts out of France (even if the EU regulations would allow it, I doubt French unions would do
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