Passengers get boarding cards at station and cheaper single fare
Air France is using a combination of rail and air transport to offer passengers access to its flight network out of TGV stations across France and Belgium. Its Air-Rail services now connect its Paris-Charles de Gaulle hub to 12 rail stations. The airline says that combining different means of transport makes connecting trips easier, giving passengers a single fare that’s cheaper than buying separate train and air tickets. At the station, passengers check-in to their final destination and are given boarding cards for their entire trip. Check-in is possible up to 15 minutes before the train’s departure. Also, frequent flyers can earn extra miles on the Air-Rail journeys.
Air France points out that it has chosen a method of transport that optimises resources and reduces its carbon footprint. The Air-Rail services exist between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Brussels and, in France: Angers-St. Laud, Avignon, Le Mans, Lille-Europe, Lorraine-TGV, Lyon Part-Dieu, Nantes, Poitiers, Tours-St-Pierre-des-Corps, Toulon, Valence, and soon Strasbourg.
[photo courtesy Air France]