|Glasgow Airport has welcomed the launch of its latest new route as Air France commence direct flights between Glasgow and Paris CDG.|
The inaugural flight departed from Glasgow Airport on 30 March 2016 with flights now operating daily, offering passengers the choice of Economy and Business Class travel. The new Air France route between Glasgow and Paris is already proving popular with business and leisure passengers travelling between Glasgow and Paris with thousands of additional French tourists set to visit Scotland’s largest city and other major tourist draws in Western Scotland including Argyll & Bute, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park and many of the country’s top whisky distilleries and golf courses.
The new service is proving equality as popular with Scottish based passengers looking to visit Europe’s most romantic city as well as those looking to fly onward to other worldwide destinations via the airlines Charles de Gaulle hub.
Few cities can match the kind of iconic status that Paris boasts in the imagination of travellers the world over. In fashion, gastronomy, the arts, she is queen. As you visit the different 'quartiers' of the City of Lights her moods shift from gritty to sophisticated, Haute Couture to punk. Paris is a true metropolis and there is always something new to discover beyond the legendary sights and museums we all know so well. This fabled city has a way of getting under your skin and feeling instantly familiar to all who wander her hypnotic streets and linger at her inviting cafes.
Once in Paris passengers can connect onward to Air France’s extensive worldwide network covering over 200 destinations including Abidjan, Havana, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York, Nice, Rio de Janeiro and Shanghai.
Amanda McMillan, Managing Director, Glasgow Airport, said: “To be able to officially welcome Air France to Glasgow Airport today is fantastic – both for the city and our customers. Air France is a major player in the world of aviation with an extensive route network through its hub at Paris Charles de Gaulle into important global markets such as South America, China, India and Africa. The airline’s introduction of a daily service from Glasgow Airport this summer will play a crucial role in encouraging export led-growth, attracting further inward investment and supporting Scotland’s burgeoning tourism industry.
“Glasgow is the economic powerhouse of Scotland and the arrival of the French national flag carrier will further boost our connectivity with the world. We are looking forward to working with Air France to ensure the success of this exciting new service.”
Warner Rootliep, General Manager UK & Ireland, Air France, said: “Demand from Glasgow continues to grow which is why our Group has always invested in its Glasgow network and local relationships with the region. Today we celebrate the introduction of the Glasgow-Paris route and looking at the results of the route so far, I am confident we will make it a success. Air France/ KLM's Glasgow offering will ensure that local businesses are better connected to key markets around the world and we are proud to provide the largest city in Scotland with connectivity to and from key worldwide destinations.”
Frank McAveety, Chairman Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “The arrival of Air France’s inaugural Paris flight into Glasgow is a significant boost for the city’s economy. Securing France’s national air carrier and the introduction of a direct daily service will further strengthen cultural and business links between Paris, Glasgow and Western Scotland. There will undoubtedly be strong demand for this service, which has the potential to deliver considerable inbound leisure and business tourism. It will also vastly improve the city’s competitiveness by providing passengers with greater worldwide connectivity through one of Europe’s largest hub airports and Air France’s membership of the SkyTeam alliance route network. Glasgow is constantly striving to grow its air links and connect the city to the global marketplace. We’re looking forward to working with Air France, Glasgow Airport and VisitScotland on joint marketing communications activity in the coming months to ensure the success of this new route.”
Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive, VisitScotland, said “We are delighted to welcome the launch of Air France’s direct service from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Glasgow Airport. The romance of its dramatic landscapes and the richness of its culture and traditions make Scotland a popular destination for visitors from France – currently one of our biggest European markets and set to deliver strong future growth. Glasgow, too, is increasingly becoming a must-visit destination for the French traveller, combining the cultural vibrancy of city life with the stunning scenery of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park right on its doorstep. This new route presents a fantastic opportunity for Scottish tourism to grow through increased connectivity, not only for our French visitors, but also our long-haul and emerging markets via the Parisian global hub.”
Already Scotland's gateway to the world and the nation's fastest growing airport, Glasgow Airport has enjoyed huge success in recent times establishing itself as one of Europe's fastest growing airports with new flights taking-off to 34 exciting destinations including Bucharest, Budapest, Las Vegas, Milan, Montréal, Paris, Seoul and Toronto - offering passengers over 1 million additional seats.
Air France flights from Glasgow to Paris CDG and beyond can be booked now through Air Glasgow ensuring you get the cheapest flights every time you book.