It seems people power may have worked, people power and the Chamber of Commerce.
Just confirmed with La Rochelle airport that the route from la Rochelle to Stansted is back on, starting from 29th November – the operator, Ryanair.
I bet those of you that booked cheap deals with them and had them cancelled are thrilled..no offers, no apologies, no thrills..
I still hope that Easyjet have that marketing meeting they promised to me in email, be good to see some competition on this route, which clearly is a money maker. My email and their response below, send your email to paul @ easyjet.com (remove the blank space.)
From: Kevin Dixie
Sent: Tue 15/09/2009 11:45
Thanks for the response.
I live in La Rochelle, France and Easyjet fly here during the summer months. Up until now, Ryanair have flown from La Rochelle to Stansted 3-4 times per week through-out the year. I have just learned that they are pulling out of La Rochelle, Angouleme and Nantes airports between November and April. I think there is a huge opportunity, I was once told that LR to STN was in the top ten busy routes on Ryanair and I have never ever been on a flight that isn’t full, and I have been on the plane during the dark depths of winter!
Given that Ryanair have now only one airport open serving SW France, I think if you set up a regular route from La Rochelle you would pick up an absolute steal. La Rochelle is the 3rd most visited destination by tourists in France, all year around it is packed. France is the most visited country in the world by tourists. It must make sense. I would love to Easyjet launch a marketing campaign to “save the route” – after all, Ryanair have a habit of doing that..!
I think any company taking up this route would simply be getting huge amount of sales – there are thousands of holiday rental homes in the region and as many that commute to the UK and Ireland. I would also look at other routes from la Rochelle to European cities as the area is very affluent and is one of the richest cities in France.