January 29, 2024 - By :

Air France to Begin Phoenix-Paris Flight

Air France has revealed plans to initiate a novel nonstop route connecting Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport with Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris, France. This announcement marks the inaugural direct service between Phoenix and France. Commencing on May 23, 2024, the flights will be facilitated by the Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner aircraft, operating three days a week during the summer season (on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays). The departure from Paris is scheduled for 10:10 a.m., with arrival in Phoenix at 12:10 p.m. Following departure from Phoenix at 2:10 p.m., the aircraft will reach Paris the next day at 9:15 a.m.

Mayor Kate Gallego expressed enthusiasm about the introduction of nonstop service to Paris, emphasizing its significance in offering convenient travel options to and from Phoenix. She sees this as a pivotal step in supporting the city’s growth and increasing opportunities for exploration and business ventures.

The Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner will feature a three-class configuration, comprising 30 Business seats, 21 Premium Economy seats, and 228 Economy class seats, with a total capacity of 279. During the summer season of 2024, Air France plans to provide connecting options to over 200 destinations globally from its Paris-Charles de Gaulle hub.

Boaz Hulsman, Vice President of Commercial, North America at Air France-KLM, expressed excitement about the new direct route, emphasizing its role in enhancing transatlantic travel connections and becoming the 22nd North American gateway for Air France.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, known as “America’s Friendliest Airport,” already offers nonstop services to over 140 destinations globally. The addition of this new nonstop service to Paris complements existing transatlantic flights to London Heathrow, Frankfurt, and facilitates easy connections within the U.S. through codeshare partnerships with Delta and international destinations through their partner, KLM.

The economic impact of Phoenix’s international flights is substantial, contributing over $3.4 billion to the local economy annually, according to the Airport’s recent economic impact study. The new nonstop service to Paris is anticipated to bring a $30 million annual economic boost to the Phoenix community.

City council members also voiced their support for the new route, highlighting its potential positive impact on the local economy and the city’s international standing. They see this direct link to Paris as a testament to Phoenix’s role as a hub for international tourism and investment, fostering cultural and economic ties with France.

Quotes from Phoenix City Council

“The new air service from Phoenix to Paris is exciting, as this will provide a direct connection to do business or vacation in Phoenix. Phoenicians will also have more convenient options for travel in Europe. No doubt, this new global connection will have a positive impact on our economy.”

Vice Mayor Debra Stark

“This partnership between Air France and Sky Harbor admits what we here in Phoenix have always known, that Phoenix is a hub for international tourism and investment. Directly connecting to our third European location is exactly the kind of commitment to growth the City of Phoenix should be making. I’m beyond thrilled to continue to open the international community to Phoenix and our community to the world!”

Councilwoman Ann O’Brien, District 1

“The new direct flight connecting Phoenix and Paris is a remarkable opportunity to boost global accessibility to our city. This connection fosters cultural and economic ties between Arizona and the captivating city of Paris and highlights our unwavering commitment to strengthening international relationships.”

Councilwoman Laura Pastor, District 4

“I’m elated to have Phoenix join a select group of major cities with nonstop service to France’s capital city: Paris. It signals how Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport continues to be a top choice for international travel because of its efficiency, customer service and 5-star amenities.  Ahead of the 2024 Olympics and residents’ summer vacation planning, I’m excited to add this iconic city to our roster of destinations.”

Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari, District 7

“With this new direct service from Phoenix to Paris, we are showcasing our city to the world, forging stronger business and economic ties with France, and providing the kind of exemplary customer experience for which Sky Harbor is known. This new flight will also encourage future economic development with our European trading partners and showcase for airlines in markets we have yet to serve that Phoenix is the destination to choose.”

Councilwoman Kesha Hodge Washington, District 8

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, America’s Friendliest Airport®, has an annual economic impact of more than $38 billion. On an average day, approximately 1,200 aircraft and more than 130,000 passengers arrive at and depart from Sky Harbor every day. 

Source: https://www.skyharbor.com/