How will airlines handle the Bordeaux airport transfer?
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Airlines in the United States and Europe will likely continue to fly the Paris to London route through Paris’s airport, a top U.S. official said on Tuesday, after a week of negotiations between the countries that run the route.
The U.K. and France said in March that they would close their Paris-Lyon route to avoid disruption from the airport transfer and a separate proposal by Britain to use its terminal at Heathrow instead.
Both countries have not yet reached an agreement on the new Paris-London route.
The proposed Paris-Amsterdam airport transfer was announced on Monday and is due to go into effect on July 11.
The United States, which runs more than 50 domestic routes, has long been wary of the Paris-Berlin transfer, which is currently the preferred route for domestic flights between the two cities.
Airlines in the European Union and Canada have also been worried about disruption for international routes between London and Paris.
The Bordeau-Paris route is a popular destination for passengers heading to Europe’s biggest cities, and airlines in the bloc have been trying to find ways to minimize disruptions to those trips.
The Paris-LaGuardia route is used by about 10 percent of European air passengers, according to the European Aviation Network, compared to about 7 percent in the U.N. data.
The new route would involve more changes than the Paris route, and would likely require airlines to change their routing plans.
The Bordeaus have said the route could run through airports in France or Belgium, but the U-K.
wants to maintain its Paris-Nantes route.
France and Britain also plan to use Heathrow as a hub for domestic and international flights between their two airports.
Heathrow is about 20 minutes away from Paris and is a key gateway to Europe for European airlines.
France has said the new route will allow more flights from the two countries, but has not detailed what changes would need to be made to the Paris transfer.
The Paris-New York route has about 40 percent of flights going to and from Paris.
In a statement, Heathrow said the airport would continue to operate as planned.