Covid travel ban fails to hit flights between UK and France with 2,179 this month

By Brett Gibbons

More than 2,000 flights have been scheduled between the UK and France this month - despite the Paris government's ban on UK tourists.

Strict rules to limit arrivals were imposed in December unless travellers had a "compelling reason" to visit France, but officials announced this morning that it would be relaxed from tomorrow.

The ban was described as a "hammer blow" for holidaymakers causing festive travel turmoil for thousands of British tourists. But it has failed to dampen enthusiasm for flights to France, according to aviation analysts Cirium.

Data shows the number of scheduled flights between the UK and France in January 2022 was 144 per cent higher than the previous year. However, that was 66 per cent down on January 2020 and 67 per cent down on pre-pandemic January 2019.

Some 2,179 flights were planned between the two nations in January 2022 – equating to 367,164 seats. In January 2021 only 894 flights were scheduled, and 6,364 in January 2020 – prior to Covid affecting Europe.

For the remainder of this month, Air France (including HOP) has the most flights scheduled between the UK and France, with a total of 667 services.

This is followed by easyJet (424 flights), British Airways (414 flights) and Ryanair (356 flights)

The busiest route in flights is between London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle with 424 flights), Manchester and Paris CDG (184 flights) Heathrow and Nice (139 flights).

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