‘Ryanair welcomes you to Paris-Disney’: Airline’s bizarre claim about airport 70 miles from Disney…and 90 miles from Paris

Posted: April 7, 2012 in Airlines, Aviation & Airports (General News), Europe
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It might be 90 miles from Paris and 70 miles from Disneyland but that has not stopped budget airline Ryanair naming its latest operating airport – ‘Paris-Vatry-Disney’.

Speaking to The Independent, Michael O'Leary, Ryanair's chief executive, said: 'We are generating very significant demand on our three Vatry routes. 'I have myself driven from Vatry to Paris in just over an hour.'

Speaking to The Independent, Michael O'Leary, Ryanair's chief executive, said: 'We are generating very significant demand on our three Vatry routes. 'I have myself driven from Vatry to Paris in just over an hour.'

The no-frills group, which is no stranger to controversy, has just launched services from an airfield in the Champagne region of France.

But despite Ryanair marketing it as the ideal gateway to the French capital and Disneyland Paris, it is in fact closer to the Belgian border than the Eiffel Tower and the quaint streets of Montmartre. Speaking to The Independent, Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s chief executive, said: ‘We are generating very significant demand on our three Vatry routes.’I have myself driven from Vatry to Paris in just over an hour.’

When booking flights online, customers are told that Disneyland Paris is with ‘within easy reach’ from Vatry Airport – but it is about 70 miles away. t the moment flights operate between the Champagne airfield and Marseille, Porto and Stockholm.

If the route proves successful, then flights from Britain could follow. It is not the first time, the company has ‘renamed’ airports despite their location. Ryanair has marketed Frankfurt Hahn, an ex-US Air Force base in the west of Germany, as being near to Frankfurt when it is in fact closer to Luxembourg.

But the creative naming of airports has angered airline rivals including Stelios Haji-Ioannou, founder of easyJet, who described the carrier as flying from ‘nowhere to nowhere’.

In 1999, British Airways took legal action against Ryanair over an advert which it said was written and presented in terms which were ‘materially false and misleading.’ The High Court chucked out the case.

Over the years Ryanair has also hit the headlines following controversial cost-saving ideas

Read the full story at The Daily Mail, (dailymail.co.uk)


By TARA BRADY
PUBLISHED: 10:42, 7 April 2012 | UPDATED: 10:47, 7 April 2012


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