February 2012





John FaircloughSince my last report in the Winter edition of P-O Life on the availability of direct air links between the PO and nearby to the UK and Ireland, there have been a number of positive initiatives, some which have borne fruit, others which have not. The various airlines and airports have now published their timetables for Summer 2012 (ie the period from  March 25th onwards).
At PERPIGNAN, it’s a mixed bag. The Ryanair flights to Stansted have returned, but FlyBe have reduced their service to Southampton , although they have reintroduced one to Birmingham. As yet ,no-one has filled the void created by BMIBaby’s decision to abandon Manchester. Aer Lingus have clearly decided to try at least another year for their Dublin route.
Ryanair seem to have made their peace with the authorities at GIRONA, so the outlook there looks a lot more rosy, with some old favourite British destinations back, though it has to be said that it is still nothing like the heyday of 3 years ago.
Services out of CARCASSONNE would appear to be at similar levels to last summer, though no other airline seems prepared to give Ryanair a run for their money there.

BEZIERS has seen a moderate increase in routes, with Ryanair’s Manchester connection , and FlyBe’s link with Southampton  the highlights.

MONTPELLIER continues to offer a small selection of UK destinations in the summer.

However, as with the winter, anyone looking for the widest choice of UK/ Ire connections will have to go to BARCELONA. Ryanair have expanded their number of routes there to 6 . EasyJet have added Southend to their offerings, and special mention should be made of a newcomer, Spanish low-cost carrier, Vueling, who have commenced routes to Edinburgh, Southampton and Cardiff. See Table.
As ever, this is correct at the time of writing (early Feb 2012), and if there have been any significant changes before the summer edition, I will do my best to alert you.



Stansted5x pw  Ryanair
Birmingham1x pw  FlyBe
Southampton1x pw FlyBe
Dublin2x pw Aer Lingus

GIRONA   (all Ryanair)

Birmingham… 4x pw4x pw
Bournemouth5x pw
Bristol7x pw
Cork2x pw
Doncaster2x pw
Dublin4x pw
Knock3x pw
Luton7x pw
Stansted7x pw
Manchester7x pw
Newcastle3x pw


CARCASSONNE  (all Ryanair)

Dublin3x pw
Nott/East Mids3x pw
Glas Prestwick2x pw
Liverpool3x pw
Stansted7x pw
Bournemouth2x pw



Bristol4x pw  Ryanair
Luton4x pw  Ryanair
Manchester2x pw  Ryanair
Southampton3x pw  FlyBe


Gatwick.7x pw    EasyJet
Luton2x pw EasyJet
Leeds Bradford2x pw  Ryanair
Birmingham2x pw  Ryanair



Dublin7x pw  Ryanair
7x  pw  Aer Lingus
Nott/E Mids7x pw Ryanair
Edinburgh4x pw  Ryanair
7x pw Vueling
Glas Prestwick7x pw  Ryanair
Leeds Bradford3x pw Ryanair
5x pw Jet 2
Stansted14x pw   Ryanair
7x pw EasyJet
Belfast4x pw   EasyJet
4x pw Aer Lingus
Bristol4x pw EasyJet
Liverpool12x pw EasyJet
Heathrow56x pw BA/Iberia
Gatwick40x pw EasyJet
7x pw  Monarch
Luton14x pw   EasyJet
Southend7x pw  EasyJet
Newcastle5x pw EasyJet
Glasgow3x pw Jet 2
Manchester5x pw  Jet2
6x pw  Monarch
Cork3x pw  Aer Lingus
Southampton7x pw   Vueling
Cardiff3x pw  Vueling


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