France’s small airports funding questioned

The role of France’s smaller airports, including Bergerac, La Rochelle, Poitiers and Limoges, is again under question.

Councillors in Normandy, which has three council-funded airports within 30km of each other, say municipal contributions – at €50 per passenger last year – would be better spent on improving rail links to Paris.

An annual report on France’s airports, produced by the Conseil supérieur de l’aviation civile (CSAC), was last published in 2012 before being cancelled by the then-socialist government due to its cost.

It made a clear distinction between airports which have more than 400,000 passengers a year and those which do not.

A conference in 2017, organised by CSAC, suggested airports with fewer than 200,000 passengers a year can never be profitable and those with under 500,000 passengers will often struggle to be ...

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