January news and events
British Airways has announced two new summer routes from London to Aquitaine to begin operating on 1 May 2016. There will be twice-weekly flights from London Heathrow to surf capital Biarritz and flights from London City to Bergerac in Dordogne four times a week. Flights operate until September 2016 and prices start at £41 one-way. britishairways.com
CityJet has confirmed the return of its summer flights from London City to the Provençal cities of Avignon and Toulon and announced an extended programme. From 29 June until 21 August, the company will operate twice-weekly flights to Avignon and there will be three flights a week to Toulon from 23 June until 6 September. cityjet.com
The European Parliament has finally agreed to a ban on mobile phone roaming charges within the EU. The ban, which comes into effect on 15 June 2017, means European residents travelling within the EU will pay the same rates for calls, texts and data as they do in their home country. Prior to this, an interim cap on roaming charges starts on 30 April 2016, meaning operators can only charge an extra 5c per minute for calls, 2c per text message sent, and 5c for every megabyte of data used.
Eurostar has cancelled several trains on its direct route to the south of France during the winter months due to a lack of demand from passengers. The cancelled trains were due to run from London St Pancras to Avignon and Marseille via Lyon on 16, 23, 30 January; 27 February and 5 March 2016. Any passengers already booked onto these trains will be accommodated on other services. eurostar.com