On Tuesday evening, the Embraer 145 with the colors of the company Amelia, is the last, chartered by Air France, which landed at the airport of Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées. Twenty passengers and three crew on board for this historic flight. Deprived of a link with Paris in June, the platform will take off again in Orly, with Volotea in control from 1 July.
21:35 Tuesday evening. Five minutes earlier than expected, Amelia’s Embraer 145 is the last scheduled aircraft chartered by Air France to land on the tarmac of Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées. This moment of history dissolves in the silence of the twilight that illuminates the Pyrenean chain every evening for several days. A moment as solemn as it is discreet, which surprises this taxi driver from Pau. “I was hoping that there would be more people for this last flight,” admits the professional who came to repatriate several Safran employees to Béarn. “At least we can keep up with tennis,” he added, referring to the fight between Nadal and Djokovic, which was broadcast on the speakers of a bus.
One last support
On board, it’s not the crowd either. Twenty passengers, less than half the capacity of the aircraft. “Before taking off, the captain told us it was the last one,” said Catherine and Elisabeth, two Gersoises who had left the day before for a personal trip to the capital. The trip was pleasant. we all had a good sunburn and one last one. stand at the gates of Lourdes “. One last pleasure from the captain? “Not really. To land on TLP, there are two types of approach: one live and one visual,” said Jean-Marc, a pilot and co-pilot who formed the last crew with Mélodie, the cabin director. secondly, that allows us to enjoy the landscape, of the Pyrenees “. A vault of honor that was close to the heart of Amelia’s crew, like the bigourdane platform. “Everyone is very nice here at the airport, the partners are slipping. Several passengers have told us in recent days that they are sorry to leave. This is a page. Who knows, maybe to get back here better in the future?
In the short term, the plane left for Rodez on Wednesday at 12.30 to carry out maintenance operations. In Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées, no flights to Paris have been reported on screens this Wednesday, as during the whole month of June, before Volotea takes over on July 1 with its A 319 based in Tarbes and will offer two daily flights. “Personally, I’m not married to Air France,” smiles Benjamin, a young businessman from Saint-Gaudin who left Tarbes the same morning for a business trip. There will be another company that will take us to Paris, who knows “It’s more affordable, but I don’t think much about it. The important thing is to stay connected because it’s more convenient to get out of here than from Toulouse.” We’ll have to wait a month to try it again …
Chalair’s request has been denied
As part of the renewal of the operator of the Tarbes-Lourdes / Paris-Orly air link, under public service obligations, the Pyrenees joint union had accepted the offer of the company Volotea. “This decision was challenged for the first time by the Chalair company, Pyrenia explains in a press release. At the end of this new procedure, Chalair resubmitted a request for annulment of the executed procedure. On May 30, 2022, the Magistrates’ Court of Justice dismissed this request and confirmed that the Pyrenees had not committed any breach of its open competition obligations. all possible to operate the line the m it’s possible soon “.