Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Petition to Ryanair re: Angouleme airport

Local expats are disappointed that Ryanair have decided to stop flights into Angouleme airport.

A petition has been started by the entrepreneurial and energetic John West and it's really gathering pace with coverage in the local papers and a Twitter campaign fuelling the flames.

You can find out all about it and sign up here.

I remember being very excited when rumours were circulating that the airport was going to open and even wrote some articles for French Property News on the effect it could have on house prices (although with hindsight any effect was obliterated by the economic crisis and disastrous pound/euro rate).

In reality the flights back to the UK have made very little difference to our lives here and I've only used it once (although I have picked up some visitors from Angouleme a couple of times).

It looks as though there may be another carrier willing to fly to London although details are still sketchy (you can get the latest updates from John by opting in to his email alerts).

For la famille Downie we'd file this under "nice to have" but we're spoiled for choice with airports already (Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Poitiers and Limoges are all within comfortable striking distance) as well as the TGV and motorway network.

Full credit to John for this initiative though, I hope his hard work pays dividends.



Charente Gems said...

Many thanks Graham for the write-up. We actually have over 450 'signatures' now and as you say, people can sign up to our email alerts without having to agree to sign the actual petition itself ! contact page is

Anonymous said...

There is also a nice article in that Cognac blog here


They also write about XO airways