Ryanair's 'Paris' link is 149km from city

Simon Calder

It's closer to the Belgian border than to the Eiffel Tower but the awkward location of a former fighter base in eastern France has not deterred Ryanair naming its latest airport 'Paris-Vatry-Disney'.

The airport at Vatry is 149km from the centre of Paris, and 112km from Disneyland, but the airline describes it as the ideal gateway to both the French capital and Disneyland Paris.

Currently, the only air links to the French airport are from Marseille, Porto and Stockholm (or more precisely Skavsta, an airport 96km miles from the Swedish capital).

Ryanair's chief executive, Michael O'Leary, said: "I have myself driven from Vatry to Paris in just over an hour."

Ryanair's imaginative naming of airports has incensed rival airlines. Stelios Haji-Ioannou, founder of easyJet, has described Ryanair as using "tertiary airports" and derided the rival carrier as flying "from nowhere to nowhere".