top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
Explore
arrow down

'Everyone home within 48 hours'

Government's pledge to stranded travellers as majority of long and medium-haul flights in France return to normal

THE GOVERNMENT has pledged to get every French resident stranded overseas back home within 48 hours, as air traffic starts returning to normal.

Every airport in France is open again this morning and priority is being given to long and medium-haul flights, the majority of which are running today. UK air restrictions were lifted last night.

According to the government, two thirds of the French people stuck at foreign airports have been repatriated and the remaining 70,000 will get home in the coming days.

Commerce Minister Hervé Novelli said the state would do everything it could to help the tourism and travel industry. Its losses in France from the volcanic ash cloud have been estimated at €180m.

On top of this, airlines are estimated to have lost out on €200m of ticket revenue and tour operators €60m, bringing the total bill to about €440m.

Your stories needed

A British TV news crew is looking for holidaymakers who are stuck in deep rural France. Send an email to community@connexionfrance.com and we will pass your details on.

Some useful numbers and links (dialling from France)

SNCF: 0805 90 36 35
Eurolines: 0892 89 90 91
Aéroports de Paris: 3950
Air France: 3654
Easyjet
Ryanair
French civil aviation authority

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now