Derry says ‘oui, oui’ to Paris air link

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City of Derry Airport has announced an exciting new summer route connecting to Paris.

Flybe will be flying to Charles De Gaulle Airport from Derry five days a week during the summer months.

It is hoped that the new route via Manchester will provide an easily accessible northern Europe capital city destination for short breaks from City of Derry Airport as well as providing access to worldwide destinations serviced from Charles de Gaulle.

It will also provide improved access to the north west of Ireland from continental Europe.

The new route will operate from May 19 to September 25.

Commenting on the announcement of the new route, Roy Devine, the Chairman of the Board of Directors for City of Derry Airport, said: “It is great to have a Northern European route on our network, especially one that has potential to bring visitors into the region.”

Derry’s Mayor Colum Eastwood said: “This is another boost for the airport, just weeks after the announcement of a new airline and routes to Manchester and Tenerife.

“Passengers in the North West can now avail of the chance to visit Paris from their local airport via a connecting flight at Manchester.

“I am confident it will be a great success and that we can look forward to further announcements of European destinations from the local airport.”

Sinn Féin Councillor Gerry MacLochlainn also hailed the development: “This is welcome news for the City of Derry Airport and for business and leisure travellers alike,” he said.

“The adding of a European destination such as Paris opens up more opportunities for Derry and the North West region and raises the profile of the local airport.

“Hopefully, this move by Flybe will encourage more airlines and travel companies to look at Derry as a destination and also help build and expand the northwest transport network, tourist industry and attract more inward investment.”