Just don’t mention that this airport is almost 100 miles from Paris!
Ever one to believe in the mantra that records are there to be broken, Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary now brings us Paris-Vatry Disney, an airport which smashes Hahn into touch by being a whopping 97 miles from Paris on slow roads - allow three hours to get into central Paris. The "fast" route takes a mere 2hrs30, but adds 35 miles onto the trip. The journey time to Disneyland is not much better – two hours on the motorway. Compare that with Paris's main Charles de Gaulle airport, which is a 30 minute train ride from the centre of Paris and just ten minutes by train from the Disney complex.
Vatry lies close to the famed Champagne wine region and the historic city of Reims. Surely it would therefore make sense to market Vatry as 'Reims-Champagne' instead? Even the snobbiest of Krug enthusiasts would happily fly with Ryanair if they offered the most convenient option for getting to the heart of the quaffing action.
Alas the no-frills giant is more cynical than that. I would assume their plan is to offer flights to Vatry from cities that have poor flight connections with Paris and are far enough away to be unable to tap into Europe's high-speed rail network, much as they have already done successfully at Beauvais, 56 miles north of Paris.
Could Vatry provide a viable alternative for Brits looking for flights to Paris who don't have easy access to Eurostar services? In a word, no. Vatry is simply too far from Paris and Disneyland to be a convenient option. Instead, it is much better to look for flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, which are available from most departure points across the UK. There is plenty of competition from most regions, so finding cheap flights shouldn't be a problem either.