A NEW daily flight between Cork Airport and Paris-Charles de Gaulle will begin this summer.
Air France is running the daily flight which is in addition to the existing daily flight operated by Aer Lingus between the two airports.
The new service will bring an additional 33,750 available seats, commencing May 26 and running through until the October 27.
The Air France flight will depart Paris-Charles de Gaulle each afternoon at 2.55pm arriving into Cork at 3.50pm.
The return flight departs Cork at 4.30pm arriving in Paris at 7.20pm.
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.
Referring to Cork as the 'rebellious county', Air France is telling their customers that Cork combines its historic monuments with a more modern side.
"Enhanced by its many bridges and proudly nestled on an island in the middle of the River Lee, Cork is less than two hours from France. As Ireland's second most populated city, it is a major economic and cultural focal point in Ireland."
"With its many film and music festivals, local products and warm hospitality, Cork embodies the authenticity of southern Ireland."
Benedicte Duval, General Manager of Air France-KLM UK & Ireland said demand for efficient, seamless and convenient travel from the south of Ireland continues to grow.
"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," he said.
Welcoming the new route, Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport said by flying out of Cork Airport with Air France, travellers will have access to many long-haul destinations from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, such as Brazil, Mauritius, Mexico and Algeria as well as easy short-haul connections to Nice, Brussels, Rome and Lisbon.