Vueling has launched flights from the western Irish airport Shannon to Paris Orly.

The low-cost carrier’s twice-weekly service, which has a flight duration of two hours, operates on Mondays and Fridays.

The inaugural flight took off on September 12, with the first passengers treated to freshly made crêpes and a Parisian-themed cake at the blue, white and red-dressed gate area.

Charlotte Dumesnil, sales director of Vueling, said: 

“We are delighted to expand our Irish operations with our first route from Shannon to Paris Orly, building on our existing Irish connections whilst also offering inbound passengers ease of access to the West Coast of Ireland. This new direct route reinforces Vueling’s interest in providing a more flexible and varied proposition for travellers based in Ireland.”

Minister of State for Transport, Hildegarde Naughton TD, commented:

“I am delighted to be here today at Shannon Airport for Vueling’s inaugural flight from Shannon. A connection to Paris Orly not only provides significant opportunities for the people within this region, but also for inbound traffic from Paris – further boosting tourism connections between the mid-west of Ireland and Paris.”

The airline recently announced plans to launch three new winter-sun routes from Gatwick starting in December.

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