Brive Airport to Open
But Will There Be a UK Low Cost Airline Using It?
The new Brive-Vallee de la Dordogne International Airport will have a soft opening on June 15. Currently in the testing phase, the Airport which serves Corrèze, Lot and Dordogne, is running flights between Brive and Paris three times a day excepting Sundays when there is a single flight. The present schedule provides ane arly flight departing Brive at 0700 with a return at 1000, a second departure at 1115, returning at 1630 and an evening flight at 1720 returning at 2115.
Airport director Dany Blanchet told La Dépêche de Midi newspaper the aim was to increase passenger handling to some 20,000. Meanwhile he said negotiations are underway with low-cost carriers such as Ryanair and FlyBe in an bid to attract tourist traffic to Brive. But the Airport authorities are baulking at the price tag — 300 to 400,000 euros is needed to “subsidise” a deal with Ryanair if the Irish airline is to be persuaded to use the new facility.
Whatever the outcome the likelihood of the delayed Airport being in use by low-cost operators during the 2010 tourist season seems remote.
The authorities say they aim to finalise arrangements in time for the 2011 season by which time they clearly hope for signs of a recovery in the badly depressed UK tourist market.
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Story: Ken Pottinger