Chalair introduces new seasonal route from Southampton Airport to Caen, Normandy

Normandy-based airline Chalair has announced the launch of a new seasonal destination in France: Caen in Normandy, from Southampton Airport.

Operated by a 70-seat ATR 72 aircraft, the flights will operate every Friday and Sunday from June 28 to September 22.

Alain Battisti, Chairman of Chalair, said: ‘As a Normandy airline based in Caen, Chalair is proud to be part of the region’s touristic offer. Flying from Southampton to Caen, our ambition is to improve the local economy and cultural discoveries, contributing to more exchanges.’

Christopher Tibbett, Aero Director for AGS Airports, which owns Southampton Airport, said: ‘We are thrilled to not only welcome new partner Chalair for what is the airline’s first UK route, but we are also celebrating Southampton Airport’s first-ever service to Caen.

‘Southampton is the only UK airport which will operate a service to the Caen, so we anticipate that the route will be popular with passengers looking to explore this historic French city or those who own second homes in the wider Normandy region.

‘With fantastic 40-minute flight times departing Friday mornings and returning Sunday afternoons, Chalair’s Caen service will also be the ideal destination for a summer weekend getaway.’

The schedule for the flights is: Fridays from June 28 to September 20 for departures from Southampton at 10:30 am, arriving in Caen at 12:15 pm (local time), with return flights departing Caen at 10:00 am and arriving in Southampton at 09:45 am. On Sundays from June 30 to September 22, flights will depart Southampton at 5:15 pm, arriving in Caen at 7:00 pm, with return flights departing Caen at 4:45 pm and arriving in Southampton at 4:30 pm.

Reservations are now open on the Chalair website, as well as through travel agencies.

Eastern Airways and Air France launch direct Paris flights from Southampton Airport

Eastern Airways, in collaboration with Air France, has announced the commencement of direct flights from Southampton Airport to Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris.

This milestone marks the second year of partnership between the UK’s regional airline, Eastern Airways, and global carrier Air France.

The new Paris service from Southampton Airport to Charles De Gaulle Airport comes as a strategic move following the acquisition of slots at Air France’s vital global connections hub. This transition coincides with the upcoming Summer 2024 Olympics & Paralympics, underscoring France’s significance as a major sporting destination in the coming months.

‘We are delighted to be extending our partnership with Air France and opening wider connectivity to Europe’s second biggest city for both business and leisure travellers. The first year has seen strong demand and notable growth throughout, which given the significance of Paris and France hosting the 2024 Olympics & Paralympics in the months ahead, the welcome move to Charles-De-Gaulle will help improve direct access year-round to France including Disneyland Paris.’ says Roger Hage, Commercial Director, Eastern Airways.

Christopher Tibbett, Group Head of Airline Relations and Marketing for Southampton Airport, said: ‘This is a fantastic route announcement from Air France and Eastern Airways offering a great addition to our summer schedule at Southampton in 2024, building on partner airline KLM’s flights to Amsterdam. The service to Charles-De-Gaulle will deliver quick and convenient connectivity to one of Europe’s greatest destinations, will be very popular with our passengers from Southampton and the wider Hampshire region.’

Passengers can now book for these flights through Eastern Airways’ website or Air France’s platform

The new Paris Charles-De-Gaulle service operates with low-emission 72-seat ATR aircraft into Terminal 3 (T3) CDG.

easyJet launches new route from Bournemouth to Lyon for winter

easyJet has unveiled a fresh winter route connecting Bournemouth Airport to Lyon, France.

This new route complements easyJet’s existing winter service from Bournemouth to Geneva, which commenced in December 2021. Travelers in the southern region of England will now have an additional pathway to the Alps, as the airport is conveniently located near popular ski resorts like Tignes, Val d’Isere, Alpe d’Huez, Les 2 Alpes, Val Thorens, and La Plagne.

Nestled at the meeting point of the Rhone and Saone rivers, Lyon ranks as France’s third-largest city and is renowned for its cuisine and stunning architecture. Its four historic districts have earned coveted spots on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘We are really pleased to be announcing a second winter route from Bournemouth to Lyon today, providing more choice for our customers in the South who are looking to visit the Alps region whether that’s for skiing and other winter sports, or a city break to enjoy Lyon’s impressive architecture, cuisine and history.

‘With flights on sale today, now is a great time to book early to get the best fares and we can’t wait to welcome more customers.’

Steve Gill, managing director at Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘This is great news for passengers and offers them even more choice from their local airport. Winter routes are increasingly popular from Bournemouth and Lyon provides even more connectivity to the Alps this winter.’

The inaugural flights are set to take off on January 13, 2024, and will run each Saturday until February 24, 2024. This schedule aligns with week-long getaways during the ski season and the school half-term break. Flights are on sale with fares from £23.99 one way per person including taxes.

Eastern Airways to offer daily service from Southampton to Paris Orly starting April 14

Air France will launch a new daily service from Southampton to Paris Orly Airport starting next month in partnership with Eastern Airways.

The route will be operated by Eastern Airways, Air France’s regional partner, with the first flight arriving in Southampton the morning of Friday, April 14. The one hour 25-minute service will be operated on Eastern Airways fleet of ATR-72 aircraft, which has a 72-seat capacity. The flight will depart from Orly at 09.30 arriving Southampton at 09.55; and on return will depart from Southampton at 10.35 arriving Orly 12.55 hours.

Christopher Tibbett, Group Head of Airline Relations and Marketing for Southampton Airport, said: ‘This is a fantastic route announcement from Air France and Eastern Airways offering a great addition to our summer schedule at Southampton in 2023, building on partner airline KLM’s double-daily flights to Amsterdam.

‘I’m sure a daily service to Orly, which will deliver quick and convenient connectivity to one of Europe’s greatest destinations, will be very popular with our passengers from Southampton and the wider Hampshire region.’

Besides offering onward connections to several Air France routes including popular French cities such as Nice, Toulouse and Marseilles, Orly Airport is less than 10 miles away from the French capital with speedy train links. The airport is also ideally located for those heading to Disneyland.

Roger Hage, Commercial Director, Eastern Airways, added: ‘We are delighted to be entering into this cooperation with Air France and opening up connectivity to Europe’s second biggest city for both business and leisure travellers and restoring direct access year-round to France.’

Fahmi Mahjoub, General Manager United Kingdom & Ireland, Air France/KLM said: ‘This new cooperation between Air France and Eastern Airways is a very positive move and comes in response to the growing appetite for travel to Paris that we have noticed from all over the United Kingdom.’

Volotea announces special flights to Rugby World Cup France 2023 from Cardiff Airport

Volotea will offer rugby fans in Wales direct scheduled flights from Cardiff Airport to both Lyon and Nantes for the crucial Pool C deciding matches against Australia and Georgia in the Rugby World Cup taking place in France this autumn.

Leaving Cardiff at 17:15 on Friday, September 22, the first special flight is to Lyon, where Wales will play Australia in its Pool C match at the OL Stadium at 21:00 on Sunday, September 24. The return flight will then depart Lyon at 16:05 on Monday September 25. The second special flight to Nantes will depart from Cardiff at 18:00 on Friday October 6, where Wales will play Georgia in the Stade de la Boujoire at 15:00 on Saturday, October 7. The return flight back to Wales leaves Nantes at 14:00 on Sunday, October 8.

‘We have been working for some time on securing flights to take Wales fans from Cardiff to the Rugby World Cup, and we welcome this commitment from Volotea,’ said Marc Watkins, Aviation Development Manager for Cardiff Airport. ‘Of course, the big pool game, where interest to get to the match is highest, is against Australia in Lyon, so we are especially excited to have flights for that particular weekend.’

‘We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new flights directly connecting Welsh rugby fans to the upcoming Rugby World Cup matches in France. Our new direct routes from Cardiff to Lyon and Nantes will offer a seamless and convenient travel experience, ensuring that fans can focus on the excitement of the game rather than the logistics of travel. We are proud to be partnering with Cardiff Airport to make this service possible and are confident that fans will appreciate the quality of our service from the moment they step on board,’ said Gabriel Schmilovich, Chief Strategy Officer, Volotea.

Established in 2011, Volotea flies from 22 cities in France and has aircraft based in eight French cities, including in Lyon and Nantes. Flights are on sale using the airline’s app and are also available on its website:, as well as through various sports tour operators and travel agencies. and Jet2CityBreaks expands flying programme to Nice for Summer 23 and Jet2CityBreaks, the UK leisure airline and operator of European City Breaks, has said that it has more than doubled its flying programme to Nice from Birmingham, Leeds Bradford and Manchester.

In response to strong customer demand for Summer 23, Jet2 has added a new route to Nice from Birmingham Airport and doubled the frequency of services from Leeds Bradford Airport, in addition to extra flights from Manchester Airport for the Rugby World Cup in September.

The expansion means and Jet2CityBreaks are offering up to seven weekly services to Nice for Summer 23 and giving customers and independent travel agents more choice and flexibility to access the glamour of the world-famous French Riviera.

As part of the expanded solution, from Birmingham Jet2 has added a brand-new and exclusive route to Nice, offering up to two weekly services (Monday and Friday). From Leeds Bradford, Jet2 introduced a second weekly service doubling the frequency to Nice for Summer 23 with up to two weekly services (Monday and Friday) from May 26, 2023 and October 16 2023. From Manchester, Jet2 has introduced an extra Monday and Friday services to Nice from September 8 to 25, 2023, offering two daily services on these days during this period. The new flights are timed for rugby fans looking to travel to France for the Rugby World Cup.

Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Customers have been flocking to book Summer 23 fights and city breaks, with Nice being a very popular holiday choice for next year. As always, we have been quick to respond to this demand and have more than doubled our flying programme to Nice from three UK bases. Our Summer 23 programme is already offering customers and independent travel agents lots of choice and flexibility, and we are pleased to be expanding this even further.

He added: ‘Nice is proving to be a much sought-after city break destination for Summer 23, thanks to its picturesque port, enchanting old town, and the glitz of Cannes and Monaco nearby. Given the Monaco Grand Prix taking place in May and the Rugby World Cup in September too, we are also anticipating the destination to be a huge hit with sports enthusiasts heading to Nice during this time. With holidaymakers flocking to book their getaways for next summer, we are expecting a very busy Summer 23. This demand combined with our award-winning customer service, means we are confident that this expanded programme to Nice will be popular with both customers and independent travel agents.’

The companies are offering a total of 56 sun and city leisure destinations from across their network of ten UK bases for Summer 23.

Customers can choose from a flight-only booking, or a package option for a £60 per person deposit. Package options with Jet2CityBreaks include flights with, including 22kg free hold luggage and 10kg of free cabin baggage, as well as a choice of 2-5-star hotels.

Southampton Airport announces two southern France services with flybe

Flybe has launched two summer routes to France from Southampton Airport.

The summer flights to Avignon and Toulon took off for the first time during the weekend. The routes will be operated on a 78-seater Bombardier Q400 – the quietest turboprop flying today that also boasts 30 percent lower emissions than similar capacity jet aircraft.

Dave Pflieger, Flybe’s CEO said: ‘We’re excited to be flying from Southampton with the start of flights to Belfast, as well as seasonal flights to Avignon and Toulon in France. Southampton represents Flybe’s commitment towards connecting regions and people with the places that matter most to them. Southampton will be an important airport for Flybe.’

Chris Tibbett, head of airline relations at Southampton Airport, said: ‘It was great to see these French regional routes take to the skies this weekend, giving holidaymakers in Hampshire a hassle free way to reach beautiful southern France, whether for the stunning Mediterranean coastline around Toulon or for the colourful lavender fields of Avignon. With the promise of a crisp glass of Cotes de Provence in the sunshine just a short flight away, we expect flights to be popular this summer.’

‘We are also thrilled to see further daily services introduced to Belfast City that will deliver greater choice and convenience for those looking to travel to Northern Ireland’s vibrant capital.’

The new routes come as flybe introduces daily flights to Belfast City on Thursday. Bookings to all the routes can be made at

easyJet announces new route from Birmingham to France

easyJet, the European budget airline, has announced a new route from Birmingham to Nantes in France, which will take off this summer.

The new route comes following new summer services to Faro, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca which are also set to take off for this first time this summer. Formerly an industrial port city with a thriving shipbuilding industry, Nantes is now the perfect destination for a city break with its vibrant art, culture and cuisine.

Flights to Nantes are scheduled to launch on June 27, 2022, with weekly departures on Mondays and Fridays. The new route will offer customers in the Midlands more choice for a holiday destination for the summer. Flights are available to book from on and via the app, with fares from Birmingham to Nantes from £29.99 one way per person including taxes.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘We’re delighted to add more new routes to our UK network for the summer and to provide our customers with an even wider range of fantastic destinations to enjoy. We are proud to be the largest airline in the UK and remain dedicated to offering low fares and convenient connections and we can’t wait to welcome more customers back on board.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport said: ‘It is great news that today easyJet will be offering flights to Nantes direct from Birmingham Airport. This route, currently unserved from the airport, will ensure that both business and leisure customers will have the opportunity to visit this French city.

‘This new route complements the existing Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Geneva, Palma, Faro, Malaga and Amsterdam routes on offer from Birmingham with easyJet and we are delighted that the airline is offering more choice to our customers and reinforcing its commitment to the Midlands region.’

easyJet serves 19 UK airports, offering over 411 routes to over 124 destinations from the UK to Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Vueling announces Paris flights from Cardiff for a summer getaway

Vueling has announced its summer programme from Cardiff, increasing the number of flights to Paris to three per week, following positive news on the easing of travel restrictions between the UK and France.

Cardiff Airport announced the launch of the Paris route in November 2021, and flights will continue to operate through the summer season, increasing to three a week from March. Vueling’s summer schedule is now on sale online, and customers can take advantage of up to 25 percent off flights if booked before Sunday, January 23, using the code SUMMER2022- valid on flights between June 27 and September 23.

The flights will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, with timings scheduled for those looking for a short break to the city of romance, to visit friends and relatives or for a family holiday to Disneyland. Passengers can also reach European cities such as Florence, Rome and Barcelona via a connection in Paris.

Spencer Birns, CEO at Cardiff Airport, said: ‘We are delighted that Vueling has increased the frequency on the Paris route for summer, enabling our customers to travel with ease from Wales to explore all that Paris has to offer. We’ve been working hard to re-instate key routes following the impact of the pandemic, and we’d like to thank Vueling for seeing the opportunity at Cardiff to operate more flights to one of our most in-demand destinations.

‘Vueling is a long-standing and valued partner of Cardiff Airport, and this year marks their 10th year of operations. We would like to thank the airline for their continued support and confidence in Cardiff Airport, and we look forward to welcoming more passengers to the airport this summer as the flying programme ramps up.’

The addition of Paris to Vueling’s summer schedule brings the number of direct routes on offer up to four. Customers can also book low-cost flights from Cardiff to Alicante, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca- all ideal destinations for those seeking a family holiday or a getaway to enjoy the Spanish sun.

Eurotunnel closed to Britons with EU homes

Following new COVID restrictions imposed by the French government, Eurotunnel has warned British citizens that live in the EU that they cannot travel by car through France to get to their homes.

The Eurotunnel ban on travel for EU-domiciled Brits was confirmed by the tunnel’s operator, Getlink, in an urgent warning on its website and Twitter page that first appeared on Wednesday evening. Appearing to confirm a change in travel rules by the French government, the statement read, ‘Following a French Government decision, on 28/12/2021, unless they hold French residency, British citizens are now considered 3rd country citizens and can no longer transit France by road to reach their country of residence in the EU.’

According to the previous French travel guidance that was introduced on December 18, which stated that travel from the UK was would only be allowed for ‘compelling reasons’, ‘nationals of the European Union or equivalent’, as well as their partners and children, ‘who have their main residence in France or who join, in transit through France, their main residence in a country of the European Union’, are considered to have a compelling reason for travelling from the UK through France.

The French government is yet to make an official announcement about the latest change to the rules. But the Eurotunnel statement said the ban did not apply to British people living in France, or people from the UK that also hold an EU passport through dual nationality.