A Shannon Airport to Paris Orly Airport Vueling service was launched on Monday 12 September.
The new service will operate twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays.
Minister of State for Transport, Hildegarde Naughton TD said, "I am delighted to be here today at Shannon Airport for Vueling's inaugural flight from Shannon. A connection to Paris Orly not only provides significant opportunities for the people within this region, but also for inbound traffic from Paris - further boosting tourism connections between the Mid-West of Ireland and Paris."
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CEO of The Shannon Airport Group Mary Considine said, "This is an exciting day for our passengers heading to the beautiful city of Paris and a great day for our team who work hard to grow connectivity options for our passengers from Shannon. We would like to warmly welcome our new scheduled partner Vueling, to Shannon, and look forward to working with them. Paris is a wonderful city break destination for outbound holiday makers and opens the way for French tourists to explore the Wild Atlantic Way via Shannon Airport."
Charlotte Dumesnil, sales director of Vueling, said, "We are delighted to expand our Irish operations with our first route from Shannon to Paris Orly, building on our existing Irish connections whilst also offering inbound passengers ease of access to the West Coast of Ireland. This new direct route reinforces Vueling's interest in providing a more flexible and varied proposition for travellers based in Ireland."
Dr Loïc Guyon, honorary consul of France for the mid-west region, said:, "The new Shannon/Paris Orly connection, the second connection to Ireland's closest EU neighbour, will be a huge boost to French tourism to the west of Ireland and to Irish tourism to France, but also for businesses located in the airport's catchment area. This is the result of the determination, resilience, and dedication of the management of The Shannon Airport Group."
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