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Ryanair has clung on to its pop­u­lar­ity, de­spite be­ing forced to apol­o­gise to some 700,000 cus­tomers for can­celling their flights. The dis­count air­line ad­mit­ted in mid-septem­ber that it had messed up its pilot rota and would have to scrap as many as 80 flights a day over the fol­low­ing weeks. Yet it still flew 11.8 mil­lion peo­ple that month, 10% more than the same month last year. In a state­ment, the com­pany said it had re­funded or re-ac­com­mo­dated 98% of cus­tomers ini­tially af­fected, though a fur­ther 18,000 flight can­cel­la­tions were yet to come, stretch­ing into next sum­mer.

Fume- free buses fu­elled by hy­dro­gen will be on the streets of Pau within two years, trans­port chiefs have promised. If all goes to plan the Pyrénées-at­lan­tiques city will be­come the first in France to have the ve­hi­cles, which emit no green­house gases or at­mo­spheric pol­lu­tants dur­ing use, only water vapour. The fleet, ini­tially of eight buses, will run on elec­tric­ity pro­duced in on-board fuel cells con­tain­ing pres­surised hy­dro­gen from re­new­able sources.

Skiers across the UK will soon be able to fly into a cor­ner of south-west Switzer­land close to some French Alpine re­sorts thanks to a new air­line. Pow­dair plans to launch di­rect flights from Bris­tol, Ed­in­burgh, Lu­ton, Manch­ester, Southamp­ton and Southend to Sion, which is par­tic­u­larly handy for the slopes above Lake Geneva.

The col­lapse of Monarch Air­lines trig­gered Bri­tain’s big­gest peace­time repa­tri­a­tion in Oc­to­ber, with 110,000 stranded Brits brought home from across Eu­rope, in­clud­ing Lyon, Greno­ble and Nice.

Bus travel in Niort is now free af­ter the Deux-sèvres town be­came the lat­est in France to scrap pub­lic trans­port fares. The mairie in­tro­duced the seven-days-a-week scheme to en­cour­age more of the 120,000 res­i­dents in the town and sur­round­ing com­munes to get out of their cars. The north­ern city of Dunkirk is ex­pected to fol­low suit next year.

Nice has the most con­ve­nient air­port in Eu­rope be­cause trans­fers into and out of the city are so quick and cheap, re­searchers have found. It takes as lit­tle as five min­utes and costs just £1.59 to get from Nice Côte d’azur air­port into the Mediter­ranean me­trop­o­lis, ac­cord­ing to re­search by Goeuro. The travel search en­gine for com­par­ing and book­ing trans­port across Eu­rope ranked more than 70 air­ports on the Con­ti­nent by the du­ra­tion and cost of trans­fers into city cen­tres.

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