Eurotunnel has unveiled a new lounge for its Flexiplus clients at the Coquelles terminal to celebrate its millionth client using the Flexiplus service since its launch in 2006. The new building at Coquelles, just outside Calais, known as the William Turner lounge, offers 500m2 of space offering comfortable waiting areas and modern equipment. Folkestone will soon have a similar lounge, named Claude Monet, scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2018.
Low-cost airline Ryanair has warned that it may be forced to move some or all of its Uk-based aircraft to continental Europe if the UK fails to clarify its position on the EU’S Open Skies agreement following Brexit negotiations. The warning came as the Irish carrier reported a 55% rise in profit at the end of July. However, the company has refused to publish its summer 2019 schedule in light of the uncertainty surrounding the Open Skies agreement.
Air France pilots have agreed to plans to create a new lower cost airline aimed at millennial travellers (as reported in FPN, issue 318). Conceived under the working title Boost, the proposed airline has now been named Joon. The company will start with short-haul flights departing from Charles-de-gaulle from this autumn and long-haul flights from summer 2018. The airline will have a digital emphasis, accepting online bookings only.
Easyjet has announced it will start flying from Southampton airport for the first time with the launch of a new seasonal service to Geneva. The winter-only service will start from 14 December with three weekly flights on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Although located in Switzerland, Geneva airport offers good access to the French Alps.
SNCF is trialling self-service scooters ( trottinettes) at St-denis station north of Paris. Currently, only SNCF employees have access to the service, which will open to the general public from 28 August. Users sign up on a smartphone app to access the service; it is hoped the scooters will soon be able to be left on the street and geolocated through the app. Designed by an Alsatian start-up called KNOT, the scooters are there to facilitate the journey between the stations and the office.