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Fly to Paris from East Midlands Airport – Eastern Airways service launches in April

Eastern Airways, the UK’s regional airline, today announced the launch of three UK to Paris services in cooperation with Air France.

Daily services between East Midlands, Cardiff and Southampton airports to Paris Orly will commence in April.

The East Midlands and Southampton daily services commence on Friday 14 April, with Cardiff from the 21 April, offering year-round travel to the capital city plus onward

Air France connections. This also sees Eastern Airways return to East Midlands as a base carrier adding around 25 crew and engineering roles.

The daily services to Paris Orly will be operated by Eastern Airways and are bookable now at and shortly via Air France, including onward connectivity, Air France being part of the Air France-KLM Group.

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Roger Hage, Commercial Director, 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 travelers and restoring direct access year-round to France.”

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“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 but also an exciting and ever-popular leisure offer, including Disneyland Paris celebrating its 30th anniversary this year to add to the Parisian charm the City is famous for”

Fahmi Mahjoub, General Manager United Kingdom & Ireland, Air France/KLM said:

“This new cooperation between Air France and Eastern Airways is a very positive move and comes in response to the growing appetite for travel to Paris that we have noticed from all over the United Kingdom.

“Residents near Cardiff, Southampton and East Midlands, will now be able to fly from their local airport and reach the magnificent capital of France with direct service, an option that was not available to them before.

“We look forward to the success of this operation and to enhancing further the cooperation with Eastern Airways in the near future.”

Steve Griffiths, Managing Director at East Midlands Airport, added:

“Today’s news is a very significant development for East Midlands Airport (EMA) and the region we serve.

“This partnership with Eastern Airways and Air France opens up the world to our passengers bringing global destinations such as Africa, the Caribbean and South America within one stop of EMA.

“Ongoing connectivity via a major European hub has been a strategic aim of this airport for some time and I’m thrilled that this opportunity has arisen.

“While the majority of our passengers who use EMA do so to easily reach their favourite European holiday destinations, this latest development now means that EMA is the starting point for travel to destinations much further afield.”

The new Paris Orly service will be 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 31st 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 a full codeshare with Eastern Airways by the end of the year.

See the full schedule, noting all times are local to UK & France:



East MidlandsParis Orly06:0008:45 
East MidlandsParis Orly06:1509:00      
Paris OrlyEast Midlands19:1520:00 
Paris OrlyEast Midlands19:3020:15      



SouthamptonParis Orly10:3512:55 
SouthamptonParis Orly10:5013:10      
Paris OrlySouthampton09:3009:55 
Paris OrlySouthampton09:4510:10      



CardiffParis Orly15:0517:50 
CardiffParis Orly15:2018:05      
Paris OrlyCardiff13:3514:20 
Paris OrlyCardiff13:5014:35      

Eastern Airways is an independent UK regional airline operating scheduled, charter and specialist air-services in the UK & Europe since 1997, based at Humberside Airport. In the last quarter, Eastern Airways has also launched Humberside-Esbjerg to meet the need of the clean-tech energy and renewables sectors, added frequency on services at Newquay-Cornwall and sees the return of Humberside-Jersey and Teesside Jersey in the coming weeks.

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