What ex-TCX market in France are you referring to?
TCX did not have a presence or any market from the UK to France.
Flybe have discontinued several of those ''popular'' routes down to France from several UK airport's recently including the ''popular'' routes from Southampton to La Rochelle, Nantes and Rennes. Pp
I don't see where you get ''ex-TCX market'' and the Flybe routes to France being similar.
They're running out of aircraft is one reason. My parents went on a couple of full flights to and from Bordeaux. It went from E-Jets to Q400s as BE got rid of the 195s.
The trains of thought weren't one and the same, but Virgin is a holiday airline primarily and there's space in the market for a well-established name to take on Jet2 and TUI.
Do you remember VIRGIN SUN?
They are ''running out of aircraft'' for a reason, they are downsizing and getting rid of expensive aircraft such as the EMB190!
Virgin are or more to the point were primarily a holiday airline but I don't see Virgin Holidays offering holidays in the Dordogne and the Loire Valley alongside their current offering to Orlando and Disney World, the Caribbean Islands plus Caribbean Cruises, The Mayan Peninsula or City Breaks in such places as Hong Kong or New York, Etc.
Virgin Connect will more or less remain as such and hopefully we're see an order for new replacement aircraft and a gradual growth in destinations but I don't forsee Virgin returning to the European inclusive tour market as your suggesting.
It may well be the case that further down the road Virgin Connect might work with Virgin Holidays but I don't think that's a priority at the moment and if they did it would only be on a small scale. Again not in the way that your suggesting.
People are used to dynamic booking, there is no need for Virgin to re-enter the short haul inclusive tour market ''again''.
What Virgin Connect needs to do is to focus on it's core business and in the future open up more business and leisure destinations such as CPH, FCO, FRA, MAD, MUC, ZRH, adding to their current European destinations such as AMS, CDG, DUB.
Virgin Connect should concentrate on a good domestic offering plus major European business and leisure routes not holiday flights throughout Europe!
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