March 29, 2015. Air France makes its inaugural flight from Vancouver to Paris.
Today, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) welcomed Air France’s inaugural flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). The non-stop flight marks the beginning of a new, highly requested non-stop service between Paris and Vancouver.
“Bienvenue Air France! British Columbians have been asking for direct service to Paris for some time, and we are very excited to welcome Air France to YVR,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority.
“The new service will boost tourism and business, provide more choice for Canadian travellers, and have a positive impact on our economy,” said the Honourable Kerry-Lynne Findlay, the Minister of National Revenue, Government of Canada.
Celebrations for the inaugural flight began as the Air France Boeing 777-200 taxied into YVR with French and Canadian flags waving from the cockpit windows. Inside the terminal the event was celebrated with speeches, an Eiffel Tower cake, and a variety of French food, music, and entertainment.
This is a very important service for British Columbians who travel to France and to Europe, as it has been over 15 years since we have had non-stop scheduled service to Paris from Vancouver. France is the most visited country in the world, and the number of Canadian travellers to France continues to increase, reaching over million Canadian visitors to France in 2013, which was a 15% increase from the previous year. This new convenient direct service between Vancouver and Paris will expand opportunities for British Columbians to discover and explore France.
Service between Vancouver and Paris will operate three times a week until May, then expand to five times a week for the summer months.