Air France is to begin operating its own aircraft on the Dublin to Paris Charles De Gaulle route from October 29. It currently uses smaller codeshared CityJet planes on the route.
CityJet will remain as a partner, but two of the four daily flights will be operated by Air France using A318 aircraft, one by Hop! with an Embraer 190 and one by CityJet using an Avroliner AR8.
A spokesperson told Travel Extra the changes are due to increased demand on the route.
As revealed by Travel Extra, Air France KLM will go to five daily using Boeing 737 aircraft and Embraer 190 aircraft on the Dublin-Amsterdam route from October 29. Much of the demand is for onward connectivity from Schiphol, which offers more than 150 destinations worldwide.
A spokesperson said the airline is looking to further increase the service from five daily in the new year.
Warner Rootliep, General Manager of Air France KLM for Britain and Ireland, said: “Due to strong results since KLM first started operating from Dublin last year, I am delighted to be in a position to announce further expansion in the Irish market. Both Air France and KLM will now have a presence at Dublin airport and I am confident that the extra capacity improved connectivity this will bring, both outbound and inbound, will be well received by both business and leisure passengers in the local area.”
Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said: “I am delighted to see KLM confirm that its five times summer daily services will continue into the winter season. I very much welcome KLM’s further route expansion at Dublin Airport and we will continue to work strategically with KLM.”
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