A Mini Guide to Selecting Flights to France
Regional budget airline Flybe offer more flights to France than any other airline, and they, along with Ryanair, helped fuel a surge in holiday home ownership across the country, from traditional favourites like the Dordogne, Provence and Brittany, to previously untouched rural idylls, in particular Languedoc-Roussillon.
Flights between the UK and some of the smaller French regional airports like Carcassonne and Rodez come and go on an airline's whim, but the main trunk routes operate year-round and with high frequency.
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Are there any parts of France left untouched by the British invasion?
Most French commercial airports serve flights from the UK, but there are still some parts of France that have somehow stayed off the radar. Considering the stellar reputation of Burgundy's wines, I'm amazed that this region remains chronically underserved from the UK. One seasonal route between Southampton and Dijon run by Eastern Airways represents the only flights from the UK to Burgundy. Apart from that, it has to be said that Les Rosbifs have got France well and truly licked.
Where should I fly for some summer sun in France?
There is no excuse for not being to find a sunny destination to fly to in France during the summer holidays. I should add here that I am a bit of a rain god, so wherever I go the showers seems to follow. That said; the following airports serve regions that are noted for being major summer hotspots:
Cote d'Azur – Nice
Coastal Provence – Marseille and Toulon
Languedoc-Roussillon - Beziers, Carcassonne, Montpellier and Perpignan
Atlantic coast – Biarittz and La Rochelle
Corsica – Ajaccio and Bastia
Which airports give the best access to French ski resorts?
The main airports serving the Alpine resorts (Chamonix, Les Arcs, Val d'Isere, Tignes etc) are Lyon, Grenoble, Chambery and Geneva (just across the border in Switzerland).
Toulouse, Lourdes and Pau are the best options if you are heading to the Pyrenees (La Mongie, Odeillo, Cauterets etc).
Ski flights tend to start in late November and continue through to April.
Is it still possible to fly from London to Paris?
Yes, although the range and volume of flights from London to Paris has been greatly reduced since the Channel Tunnel opened in 1994. Most of the remaining flights are high-frequency services geared towards business passengers. Air France and British Airways both operate flights from London Heathrow to Paris Charles de Gaulle. BA also offer flights from Heathrow to Paris Orly, whereas Air France operate shuttle services from London City to Orly. The only no-frills route still running flights between London and Paris with easyJet from Luton to Charles de Gaulle.
Why are there so few flights to Brittany from the UK?
Brittany is very popular for self-catering holidays where having a car is nearly always essential, so most Brits catch a ferry across The Channel instead of flying. There are also no large cities in Brittany, so the kind of business oriented flights that often keep routes going cannot be sustained. Seasonal flights to Quimper and Brest are usually available from the UK during the summer months.