Easyjet to launch Gatwick to Paris CDG next summer

23 Oct 2013 by Alex McWhirter

Easyjet will launch twice-daily flights linking London Gatwick with Paris Charles De Gaulle next year.

Flights get under way at the end of March 2014.

But there is a downside. Why? Because flight timings are geared more to the needs of travellers based in France rather than the UK.

It means that UK-originating passengers cannot make a day trip with Easyjet whereas their French counterparts can.

Flights will depart London Gatwick at 1445 and 1700, arriving into CDG at 1700 and 2020 respectively. They will return from Paris CDG at 0710 and 1745, arriving at 0720 and 1755. Return fares (before the addition of ancillary fees) start at £74.25.

The news will be welcomed by travellers living to the south of our capital, some of whom have complained that Eurostar is more difficult to access since its London terminus was moved from Waterloo to St Pancras.

And while it is true that Eurostar's new station at Ebbsfleet was meant to alleviate this situation, for those passengers arriving by car, the fact is that endless road works on the M25 mean that the trip by road can be unpredictable.

In previous years the route was flown by British Caledonian and then later by British Airways. But the latter axed services many years ago and until now there has been no replacement.

In another development, Easyjet says it will also reinstate a much-needed link between London Gatwick and Newcastle in summer 2014. Flights will operate up to twice a day, six days a week.

Alex McWhirter

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