Over 300 passengers stranded at Paris airport due to storms

Storms and aircraft damage left over 300 XL Airways passengers due to fly to New York stranded at Paris' Roissy international airport over the weekend, the airline said on Sunday.

Several planes arriving from the United States “could not take off again (from France) due to storms that impacted the structure of the aircraft during the flight”, Bernard-Xavier Spokojny, marketing and communications director at the French airline, told AFP.

“We distributed food and offered everyone accommodation in airport hotels. Some passengers who live in the Paris area chose to go home. Around 30 others decided to stay in the airport”, said Spokojny.

Some passengers stranded since Saturday night were due to leave for New York on a flight with another airline on Sunday evening.

Tensions nearly boiled over as fraught passengers attempted to block the check-in of passengers for another XL Airways flight but “security forces calmed things down”, said Spokojny.

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New flights to south of France launched by Jet2

The low-cost British airline Jet2 has announced it will begin operating new services between the UK and southern France, starting in the summer of 2022.

New flights to south of France launched by Jet2
Flights will operate from May 1st 2022. Photo: AFP

When travelling is possible again, getting to Toulouse from the north-west of England is set to become much easier with the launch of new flights from Manchester Airport.

Jet2 already flies to Bergerac, La Rochelle and Nice. The company announced the new destination in response to demand for summer 2022 holidays.

Flights to the “Pink City” in south west France will operate from May 1st until October 16th 2022.

“Since putting our Summer 2022 programme on sale from Manchester Airport, we have added a significant number of flights and destinations in response to the demand from customers who want to get their all-important holidays booked in,” Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays, said in a press release.

Since the British government announced a lockdown roadmap on Tuesday, with plans to end England restrictions by June 21st, the company has begun to see a surge in bookings.

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However the present rules on entry into France from the UK are the strictest they have ever been, with virtually no travel allowed between the two countries and no end-date to the current restrictions.

Jet2 plans to reopen its services in mid-May.

“Following the UK government announcement that international travel will not return until May 17th 2021 at the earliest, we have taken the decision to extend the suspension of flights and holidays up to and including 16th May 2021,” Jet2 said on Twitter.