Cost-saving measures forced BA to ground its Loire Valley flights

Published on : Monday, February 6, 2017

ANGERS LOIREFollowing the closure of the control tower, the summer flights from London to Angers-Loire airport in western France have been cancelled.



British Airways announced that planned flights from London City airport to one of the most beautiful regions of France would not operate “due to air traffic control restrictions”.



Angers is on the Maine River just north of its confluence with the Loire which acts as the western gateway to the Loire valley. It majestic chateau and large cathedral makes it an impressive tourists location.



However, this summer,  it will fall off the flight map from Britain as the French aviation authority decided to stop providing air traffic control services as a cost-saving measure.



While in some instances passenger flights are still permitted without a staffed control tower, it appears BA was not prepared to operate under such circumstances. The airport director, Jean-Pierre Stagnaro, described the move as a simple reason with a dramatic result. Angers-Loire faces stiff competition from nearby airports. Nantes, Rennes, Tours and Poitiers are all under 100 miles away.



BA is withdrawing its London City-Hamburg link because of intense competition. it, however, announced a new summer route from the Docklands airport to the Greek island of Skiathos, the flights for which will begin on 26 June. The British Airways services from London City to Mykonos have been stepped up. The London City-Manchester link is restored in May, when British Airways will introduce evening flight in northbound. These 155-mile hops are, in reality, “positioning flights” to get an aircraft in place at Manchester airport to operate a series of holiday flights over the weekend.

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