Air France will increase capacity by 24 per cent on its Cork-Paris service by operating a new Embrear E190 aircraft through its LCC arm Air France Hop! from 28 October adding an additional 336 seats per week
The carrier began operating a daily Embraer E190 aircraft between Cork Airport and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport in May this year, linking Ireland’s south to the airline’s extensive network of 180 destinations worldwide. The route, initially announced as a seasonal service, was later extended to year-round due to positive bookings.
All flights will be operated by an Air France Hop! E190 aircraft, carrying up to 100 passengers.
Air France KLM UK & Ireland general manager, Bénédicte Duval said: “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.”
More than 2.4 million passengers will travel through Ireland’s second busiest airport this year, and the gateway is forecasting traffic growth of four per cent this year.
Cork Airport managing director, Niall MacCarthy said the deployment of a new E190 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”.
France is one of the leading markets for tourism to Ireland.