24 March, 2023

New Paris service opens up the world for East Midlands Airport customers

A new daily flight launching on 14 April between East Midlands Airport (EMA) and Paris Orly will provide seamless onward travel to destinations served by Air France via Paris’s second-largest airport.

From 4 April, passengers can book onward Air France connections to destinations across the Air France network including Africa, South America and the Caribbean starting the first leg of their journey from East Midlands Airport. The new flight will also be ideal for visiting Paris and offers easy direct shuttle bus access to Disneyland Paris which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The timings of the flight means that a day trip to Paris is doable.

The daily services to Paris-Orly will be operated by Eastern Airways, who have also launched the new EMA to Newquay route. The onward travel from Paris Orly is thanks to an agreement between Eastern Airways and Air France, the National flag carrier for France.

Securing a regular service to a major European Hub airport has been a goal for East Midlands Airport as it significantly expands the list of destinations available to customers of EMA.

Paris Orly is the second largest airport in the French capital and was used by more than 29 million passengers last year. It serves as a secondary hub for domestic and overseas territories flights of Air France and as the home base for Transavia France. Flights from the airport operator to destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean and North America.

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 use EMA 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.”

Roger Hage, Commercial Director, Eastern Airways, said: “In entering a partnership with Air-France, part of the Air France-KLM Group to launch Paris Orly from East-Midlands, Eastern Airways is enabling connectivity to Europe’s second largest City, restoring direct access year-round to France in addition to the Air France network which offers a myriad of destinations allowing business much-improved options. It’s also an exciting and ever-popular leisure offer, including Disneyland Paris to add to the Parisian charm the city is famous for.”

Fahmi Mahjoub, General Manager United Kingdom & Ireland, Air France/KLM says “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. People in the East Midlands will now be able to fly from their local airport and reach the magnificent capital of France with a 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.”

The new Paris-Orly service will operate on a low-emission 72-seat ATR aircraft, the first to be based at East-Midlands Airport for Eastern Airways, adding around twenty-five crew and engineering roles at the airport. 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 Midlands hub.

The daily services to Paris-Orly are bookable today at www.easternairways.com with both direct and onward connectivity bookable via Air France at www.airfrance.co.uk from 4th April.