Faced with criticism, the Brest-Orly airline gets a five-month reprieve

Transavia had first announced that it would no longer operate the link from October 30.

Brest-Orly finally got a reprieve. The Air France group has announced that it will give five more months to the airline, whose announced closure had aroused the anger of Breton elected officials. In an email sent this Thursday, September 8 to AFP, the group maintains its “decision to eventually cease providing the link”but specifies that “this suspension will not, however, take place on October 30, in order to encourage alternative solutions for Brest and the Finistere». “The suspension of Transavia flights will take place no later than the end of March 2023”, add the group.

Until then, Transavia, a low-cost subsidiary of Air France, will continue to offer up to four flights per week between Brest and Paris-Orly.

The fear of a decline in attractiveness

In an email dated September 5, Air France announced to elected officials that “the economy of the line (having) deteriorated», «unfortunately, this situation did not allow the line to continue operating in the winter 2022 season, after October 30“. In a separate press release, ten parliamentarians from the majority pointed to a “unacceptable decision as it stands», «especially since the objective of a high-speed line to the west of Brittany has still not been achieved and remains over 3:30 in the best case“.

The accessibility of our territory, and consequently its attractiveness, is crucial to allow the development of businesses and employment on the tip of Brittany. Therefore, we call Air Franceand its majority shareholder, the French State, to review this position“Wrote in a joint press release the president of the region Loïg Chesnais-Girard (various left), the mayor of Brest François Cuillandre (PS) and the president of the department of Finistère, Maël de Calan (LR).

Fill rates around 30%

To justify the interruption of Brest-Orly, Transavia mentions in particular “filling rate“insufficient”around 30%“. “However, the service between Brest and Paris remains provided by Air France to Paris CDG airport.», «with more than 20 frequencies per week“, specifies Air France, which underlines that this line allows “to make the round trip in the day between Brest and Paris, and connects Brest to many French and international destinations“. The group also says,ready to study the possibility of commercial support for a regional company wishing to position itselfon the Brest-Orly line.

In their missive, the Breton elected officials emphasize, regarding the Brest-Paris-Charles de Gaulle service, that “This airport is not suitable for quick day trips, especially in the center of Paris, as Orly allows”. The spokesperson for Brest environmentalists, Glen Dissaux, denounces on the contrary denounced the “great Pavlovian reflex” of the “people who yell because their privileges have just been taken away from them”. “Paris-Brest is 60 times more polluting by plane than by train. At some point, we will have to take this data into account, ” he said daily The Telegram.

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Soon a Ouigo

The train, let’s talk about it! “Rest assured, there will always be a train to take you between Brest and Paris“, reacted for his part on Twitter Stéphane Rapebach, general manager of Ouigo, low-cost service of the SNCF, by announcing the arrival of Ouigo trains in December in Brest. The SNCF already charters around twenty trains a day between Paris and Brest, the first of which starts at 5 a.m. from Brest. And this, sometimes in less than 3:30 hours, no offense to Breton elected officials: this Thursday, August 8, a TGV line connects Brest to Paris-Montparnasse… in 3:29 hours.

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