People barely realize how far a famous airport is from the city it is supposed to represent, and they are baffled by the distance.
The planes land 210 kilometers from the capital of a major European country, about 16 kilometers further than the distance between London and Birmingham.
Officially titled Aéroport Châlons Vatry, the airport is often referred to as Aéroport Paris Vatry, including on its official website, and by Ryanair – which has described it as an ideal gateway to the French capital and Disneyland Paris, reports the DailyMail.
Once disembarked at the airport, it takes another two hours and nine minutes to reach Paris by car.
The airport’s website – parisvatry.com – has a vague slogan at the top reading “so close, so fast”. What it is close to is debated, but Champagne and Reims certainly seem closer than Paris.
Disgruntled social media user @Fernand90083869 said on Twitter/X: “How can you call this a Paris airport when the airport is 200 km from Paris?”
Despite its distance, the airport has a fascinating history. Construction began in 1953 in order to address NATO’s air power problems during the Cold War.
When France withdrew from NATO’s integrated military structure in 1967, the Americans left the air base and it was used as a French training base until 2000.
Today, it is open to international cargo and passenger aircraft, as well as being a training airport for airlines like Air France and British Airways.
Ryanair schedules regular flights from Paris-Vatry airport to Marrakech and Porto.
Other airports far from the city they claim to represent include Oslo-Torp Airport, located 120 km away. It offers flights to the UK, so Brits are warned to keep an eye out when booking.
Munich West Airport is also 110 km from the southern German city, taking an hour and 17 minutes to get there by road.