Low cost carrier to start Dublin - Paris service
Transavia – the low cost airline owned by Air France-KLM – is to launch flights between Dublin and Orly Airport in Paris, marking its first services from Ireland.
The launch of the route brings Dublin Airport’s tally of new services for next year to 14 so far.
Transavia will start a year-round service between the capitals from next June, flying to Dublin in the evening every day except Saturday, when it will operate early in the morning. The return flight to Paris will depart Dublin just before 8pm, except on Saturdays when it will leave Dublin just before 9am.
Industrial unrest by Air France-KLM pilots in September caused travel chaos in France in September. They went on strike in protest over Transavia expansion plans.
The crippling action cost Air France-KLM €20m a day. It was the longest strike in 40 years at the airline.
Unions claimed that expanding Transavia would lead to the outsourcing of jobs and “social dumping”, with pilots on local contracts.
Air France-KLM management capitulated by dropping plans for a new discount division, which would be called Transavia Europe, which would be completely separate from its French and Dutch operations.
“Transavia is very excited by the opening of this new route from Dublin to Paris-Orly,” said Hervé Kozar, chief commercial Officer of Transavia.com.
He said he has “no doubt” that the service will be a “great success”.