Air France is to expand it's Cork to Paris service adding an extra 336 seats a week through the use of a larger plane on the service.
The airline began operating a daily flight between Cork Airport and Paris-Charles de Gaulle in May this year. The daily afternoon flight competes with Aer Lingus' morning flight to Paris.
The route, initially announced as a seasonal service, was later extended to year-round due to positive bookings.
The route currently uses the Embraer 170 aircraft, carrying up to 76 passengers.
However, from the start of the winter season, beginning this Sunday, Air France will use the larger Embraer E-190 aircraft, carrying up to 124 passengers.
Bénédicte Duval, General Manager of Air France KLM UK & Ireland said: “We are delighted to be in a position to increase capacity by 24% on the Cork to Paris route just a few months after launching in the region."
"The positive performance to date is testament to the economic recovery in Southern Ireland and the investment Air France-KLM is making in this region. The extra capacity will offer our Irish customers more choice and connectivity, further facilitating growth in both the inbound and outbound markets.”
Managing Director of Cork Airport, Niall MacCarthy said: “The deployment of a new Embraer E-190 aircraft, resulting in increased capacity on the Cork-Paris route this winter, is testament to Air France’s confidence in the route and the support it has enjoyed in the past six months.”
He added: “France is one of the leading markets for tourism to the island of Ireland. The expansion by Air France will make it even easier for French visitors to travel to the south of Ireland and explore all that the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East has to offer. It also benefits Irish passengers travelling to Paris and onwards across the globe via Air France’s hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle.”