Eastern Airways has announced a cooperation with Air France and the launch of three UK to Paris services to starting in April 2023.
Daily services to Paris Orly will operate from East Midlands, Cardiff and Southampton airports.
The East Midlands and Southampton daily services commence on Friday 14 April, with Cardiff starting one week later, offering a year-round travel to the capital city plus onward Air France connections.
The new schedule sees Eastern Airways return to East Midlands as a base carrier, adding around 25 crew and engineering roles.
Roger Hage, Commercial Director of Eastern Airways said,
We are delighted to be entering into this cooperation with Air France and opening up connectivity to Europe’s second biggest city for both business and leisure travellers and restoring direct access year-round to France.
These first three new UK-France services from East-Midlands, Southampton and Cardiff will initiate the new Eastern Airways and Air France cooperation, developing into a codeshare partnership in the course of this year.
Each ensures a sustainable capacity development whereby not only direct access to Paris is offered, but onward connections to a myriad of destinations allowing business users much improved options.
The new Paris Orly service will be available with fares from £69.99 each-way including taxes and charges, operating on a low-emission 72-seat ATR aircraft, the first to be based at East-Midlands Airport for Eastern Airways.
This will complement the Newquay-Cornwall service which launches on Friday, 31 March and will act as a catalyst to further new services from the East Midlands hub.
Air France will sell seats via an interline agreement developing into full codeshare with Eastern Airways by the end of the year.