Air France will take back control of the Dublin to Paris CDG route from the end of October.
Currently this popular route is operated on behalf of Air France by Irish airline Cityjet.
But from October 29, Air France will take over the five-times a day service with similar fares and timings to what is currently being offered.
The main rival on the route is Aer Lingus which operates four flights a day with Airbus A320s.
Air France will be rostering its “baby” A318 Airbuses for the route. And as our readers will testify, these are more up-to-date than the Avro RJ85s used by Cityjet.
From October 29 Air France flights will depart Dublin for Paris CDG at 0600, 0900, 1120, 1415 and 1645.
In the return direction departures out of Paris CDG are at 0720, 0940, 1235, 1510 and 1945.
As can be seen, these timings are geared both for point-to-point travellers and those who are making onward connections at CDG. Note that timings are subject to change. Check when booking.
Why the change of airline? Business Traveller did contact Cityjet for an explanation but the airline was unavailable for comment.
However, as we saw last year with KLM and Aer Lingus on the Dublin-Amsterdam route, and as was seen just last week on the London City-Amsterdam route, it appears Air France and KLM are taking control of key feeder routes.
They are doing this because by operating their own services throughout they can better control the product for passengers.
And Paris CDG, whilst not offering Amsterdam’s ease of connectivity, is a major European hub with global connections.