Air chippy? That’s the flight for me

A new UK business flight route has writer Nick Rowswell dreaming of English fish and chips. He discovers more from Mark Bottemine, the manager of Châteauroux airport

What would you give for a plate of decent fish and chips? In Bourges, I have to make do with pale imitations served up in local brasseries. A plate of the real thing? That’s a flight of fancy.

But there is good news for all fish-and-chips lovers in the Cher (18) and Indre (36) départements – from April 26, a new air route from Châteauroux to Southend-on-Sea could make a flying visit to the chippy a very real prospect.

Announced by Châteauroux airport president Dominique Roullet in mid-January, the new route – like so many from regional hub airports – is sold as a ‘London’ route, although Southend, is of course not exactly in London. A regular train service (3 trains an hour at off peak times) will, ...

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