Airports and Airline Updates – September 2023

Airport Renamed in honour of Queen Elizabeth II

An airport is being renamed to honor Queen Elizabeth II – in France. French airport Le Touquet-Paris-Plage International Airport will soon be known as Elizabeth II Le Touquet-Paris-Plage International Airport.  Le Touquet officials proposed the name change to Buckingham Palace shortly after the Queen’s death. It has now been approved by King Charles. 

The town says it is a recognition of Le Touquet as ‘the most British of French resorts.’ The French seaside resort has strong links with the Royal Family. The Queen’s uncle Edward VIII often holidayed there, sometimes with a young Elizabeth.

“This is a tribute to a great Queen and her uncle who had a fondness for France,” Le Touquet officials said in a statement.

Le Touquet is about one hour’s drive south of Calais. It became a favourite pre-war holiday spot for upper class Brits and by the 1950s the airport was the third busiest in France. The England rugby team’s training camp is in Le Touquet ahead of the Rugby World Cup, which begins in September.

AirBaltic is to add 11 new routes from airports in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania for its summer 2024 schedule

Seven of the Latvian carrier’s additional routes will be from its home base of Riga with two from Tallinn and one each from the Lithuanian cities of Vilnius and Palanga. AirBaltic also plans to add more flights to key destinations from Riga including Rome, Prague and Tel Aviv. 

Martin Gauss, the airline’s CEO, said: “When preparing for the next season, we always carefully evaluate the market situation and the passenger demand. This time, we have identified an opportunity to widen our network in central and south-eastern Europe with connections to Baltic and Nordic countries.”

AirBaltic’s new destinations for summer 2024 from Riga include Tirana, Sofia and Ljubljana, while Vilnius to Krakow is among the other routes to be introduced.

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