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Cork says bonjour Paris!

Wednesday, 10th January, 2018 5:11pm

Get ready Cork, the French are coming!

Air France has announced that it is to begin services out of Cork Airport from May, with a new Cork to Paris-Charles de Gaulle route.

The new service, announced yesterday, will bring an additional 33,750 available seats, commencing 26 May 2018 and running through until 27 October 2018.

The one hour and 50 minute flight will depart Cork Airport daily at 4.30pm and arrive at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 7.20pm (local time). The return leg departs Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 2.55pm (local time) and arrives at Cork at 3.50pm.

When asked if this flight was in the pipeline for awhile, Kevin Cullinane, Head of Communications, Cork Airport told the Cork Independent: “Any new route takes significant time and effort to ensure the airline can make the commercial decision to start a new route and this was no exception.

We always strive to present a very rigorous and robust business case and we are delighted to welcome Air France as our ninth scheduled airline to operate from Cork Airport this year." Benedicte Duval, General Manager of Air France-KLM UK & Ireland stated: “Demand for efficient, seamless and convenient travel from the south of Ireland continues to grow and we are delighted to be in a position to offer both business and leisure passengers in the region even greater choice and connectivity. The new service not only links Cork to the French capital and the rest of Europe, but it provides passengers with the opportunity to connect to our extensive network of over 180 exciting worldwide destinations."

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.”

All flights will be operated by Air France Hop! using Embraer 170 aircraft, carrying up to 76 passengers. Fares start from €129 return in economy including all taxes.

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