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Change of tack on small airports

Change of tack on small airports

By Staff Writer - January 26, 2017

Photo: sainttropez.aeroport.fr
Photo: sainttropez.aeroport.fr

The airport that serves Saint-Tropez can continue to accept direct flights from outside the Schengen zone after a vociferous campaign. Local politicians had told the French government that removing the ability of La Mole/Saint-Tropez and Castellet to accept such flights would be a heavy blow for the local economy.

However, according to a letter from the Minister of the Interior, Bruno Le Roux, the acceptance of direct flights from outside the Schengen zone into Saint-Tropez will be open from the summer of 2017 and during peak holiday periods, while Castellet will enjoy more limited privileges.

President of the PACA region, Christian Estrosi, said that while he welcomed the central government’s change of heart, it was not enough and that he would be campaigning along with other local officials for a complete reversion to the previous arrangements. The original move to close the local airports to flights originating outside the Schengen zone was made in the interests of saving manpower.

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