anna.aero presents at FrenchConnect 2012 in Paris
The Dôme at Disneyland® Paris was the venue this week for the 9th annual gathering of delegates, speakers and exhibitors at FrenchConnect. In a packed two-day programme, hosted by Aéroport Paris Vatry, a record number of delegates heard presentations and discussion from over 40 speakers and panel members on a wide variety of topics relating to the French and European aviation market. anna.aero’s Editor Ralph Anker gave the first keynote speech: “Setting the scene: The French and European Aviation Market”. His presentation, which contains many graphs and tables not previously published on anna.aero, is available below as a free download.
Air France, easyJet, Ryanair and Vueling all aired their views
Henri de Peyrelongue, Senior VP Network Planning at Air France KLM, gave a presentation about Air France’s new regional ‘hub’ strategy introduced last year in Marseille and which will shortly be rolled out in Toulouse and Nice as well. While focussing on how these new regional operations would be more efficient and have a lower cost base, there was little indication as to how well these new services were performing in terms of passenger numbers, revenues or profitability.
A panel discussion about low cost airlines at French regional airports and the growing appeal of the French domestic market saw senior representatives of easyJet, Ryanair and Vueling actually agreeing on a number of issues. All three are growing in France this year, especially outside of Paris. Jean-Michel Vernhes, President of UAF (the Union of French Airports), warned that whatever the outcome of the upcoming elections in France it was unlikely to be good news for airlines in terms of taxation and charges.
During the two days of presentations guests also heard from many other airline speakers (Alitalia, British Airways, Enterair, Etihad, jet4you, Pegasus, XL Airways France) as well as aircraft manufacturers, airports, the European Commission, tour operators, regional development organisations, and the Senior VP Marketing & Sales of Euro Disney.
Bordeaux to host 10th FrenchConnect next June
During the event it was announced that Bordeaux airport will host next year’s 10th anniversary FrenchConnect, and that it will be held at the end of June, with the aim of being the last major aviation ‘event’ before the summer break. Having savoured Champagne at this year’s event, delegates with refined taste buds will be looking forward to savouring some famous Bordeaux wines.