Cork Airport announces new daily flights to Paris
Vive la France
Cork Airport is kicking off the new year in style with the announcement of a new, direct summer route to Paris-Charles de Gaulle.
The new Air France daily service will take off on May 26, running to October 27 on Embraer 170 aircraft that can carry up to 76 passengers.
Fares start from €129 return in economy, including all taxes.
Aer Lingus already operates a service between Cork and Paris, but Air France is one of the world's biggest airlines, and its Paris connection also offers passengers a chance to connect with 180 onward destinations.
It will also boost inbound tourism, a point Cork Airport's Managing Director, Niall MacCarthy, made whilst welcoming the route.
"Ireland is ranked as the fourth most popular destination with the French and the new service from Cork will further grow inbound tourism from this key continental market to counties across the south of Ireland,” he said.
"As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated," added Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland.
France is one of the top four markets for tourism to Ireland, with some 544,000 visitors expected this year (up almost +4pc on 2017).
The news is a further boost for Ireland's second-largest airport, which was last month voted one of the happiest in the world.
Data compiled by 'Happy or Not', the airport feedback systems provider, saw Cork tie for second place among 160 airports.
More than 2.3 million passengers flew through Cork last year.