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.