Monday, May 15, 2000

Envoy helps inaugurate air route

Air France adds flight to Paris

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HEBRON — French Ambassador Francois Bujon de l'Estang is scheduled to participate in festivities tonight when Air France begins its non-stop flight from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to Paris.

        Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. at the airport with a Boeing 767ER wide-body scheduled to depart at 9:30 p.m. It will return to Cincinnati Tuesday at 6:55 p.m.

        The flight marks the second daily non-stop flight between the airport and Paris. The existing flight is flown by Delta Air Lines and departs the airport at 6:50 p.m. with a next-day return to Cincinnati at 2:15 p.m.

        “The synergy of having two daily flights to one of the world's largest and most expandable hubs will not only offer an increased sense of international service for local passengers,” Robert Holsch er, the airport's director of aviation, said when the flight was announced.

        “It will attract additional international business to the area and create a new awareness of our airport and community for air travelers throughout the world,” he said.

        Passengers traveling to Paris will be able to make connecting flights to more than 130 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, said Ted Bushelman, the airport's director of communications.

        “Cincinnati currently has more international service than any other city in a six-state region, with the exception of Chicago,” Mr. Bushelman said.

        Delta and Air France have a code-sharing alliance in which they feed passengers to one another's flights. For instance, Delta — which operates its second largest hub at the airport — flies passengers from all over the country into Cincinnati. Those passengers can then board the Air France flight to Paris.


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