There’s about to be another option to get to Paris from the United States. JetBlue announced this week that the airline will begin nonstop service from New York to Paris starting next summer.
The daily flights will connect John F. Kennedy Airport in New York with Charles de Gaulle Airport in France, starting at an unspecified date in the summer of 2023. The airline also plans to add direct flights from Boston to Paris at a later date.
Both moves come after JetBlue introduced direct flights between New York and London in August 2021, then added flights from Boston to London as well.
“JetBlue is offering something completely unique to what you get from the big global legacy airlines on these routes, which a single high-far joint venture operates nearly three-quarters of the flying,” Robin Hayes, CEO of JetBlue, said in a statement.
Hayes was actually a little low on his numbers. He was referring to Delta, United, and American airlines, which account for about 88 percent of flights between New York’s airports and Paris, according to consulting firm IBF, CNBC reports.
“The response to our London service is proof that combining great service with low fares works,” Hayes said. “We can’t wait to bring our reimagined Mint and core offerings to Continental Europe’s most visited city.”
London and Paris are two of the most popular destinations in Europe and major hubs for getting to locations all across the continent, northern Africa, and western Asia.
JetBlue is hoping its entry into the Paris market will make a dent in the three major airlines’ hold on the area.
Seats for the flights will go on sale in the coming months after exact start dates are determined.
Officials at Atout France, the nation’s development agency, are excited about JetBlue’s future arrival to Paris.
“Atout France would like to welcome JetBlue into the family of carriers that have chosen to service France,” said Anne-Laure Tuncer, a director at Atout France and regional coordinator for the Americas. “With so much pent-up demand, JetBlue is just in time to have their American customers experience the vitality and diversity of France’s offerings, new culinary itineraries, exciting upcoming sporting events, and everything else France is known for.”
Among the major events coming to Paris is the 2024 Summer Olympics.
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