Air France has announced new nonstop flight service connecting Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport with Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris, France. This development marks the first-ever nonstop connection between Phoenix and France.
The service, utilizing the Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner, is scheduled to commence on May 23, 2024. It will operate three times a week during the summer season, specifically on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
The flight schedule is as follows: Departures from Paris are at 10:10 a.m., arriving in Phoenix at 12:10 p.m. Return flights from Phoenix are slated for 2:10 p.m., with arrival in Paris the following day at 9:15 a.m.
The Dreamliner aircraft will feature a three-class configuration, comprising 30 Business seats, 21 Premium Economy seats, and 228 Economy class seats, amounting to a total capacity of 279 passengers.
Enhanced Global Connectivity Through Air France’s Extensive Network
Throughout the 2024 summer season, Air France plans to offer connections to over 200 global destinations from its hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle. This new route adds to the existing transatlantic services from Phoenix, which include flights to London Heathrow operated by American Airlines and British Airways, as well as to Frankfurt via Condor Airlines.
Economic Impact of Phoenix’s Growing International Flight Operations
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport currently offers nonstop services to more than 140 destinations, both within the United States and internationally. According to the Airport’s most recent economic impact study, Phoenix international flights contribute approximately $3.4 billion annually to the local economy. This new thrice-weekly nonstop seasonal service is projected to have a $30 million annual economic impact on the Phoenix community.
“Adding non-stop service to Paris is a major milestone that demonstrates our commitment to providing convenient and efficient travel options to and from Phoenix,” said Mayor Kate Gallego. “As our city continues to grow and become a destination for booming industries, I’m confident that direct service to Paris will unlock exciting possibilities for exploration and new business opportunities.”