CINCINNATI — After a few false starts, Delta Air Lines is finally resuming its nonstop flights to Paris from CVG Airport.
Direct flights to France have been absent from the CVG roster since the start of the pandemic in April, 2020. Delta previously announced plans to resume nonstop service on several dates in 2021, only to pull back on those plans due to COVID surges and weak demand from corporate travelers.
But Delta recently confirmed to airport officials that a permanent restoration of the service will start with three flights a week on Aug. 2.
“Transatlantic travel and cargo demand from the Cincinnati region is very strong, and we’re excited that Delta is resuming this nonstop service as it supports this demand and our region’s economy,” said Candace McGraw, chief executive officer, CVG. “Prior to the pandemic, Delta had continuously served Paris from CVG for more than 30 years providing direct service to Paris and single connect service to more than 40 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. We’re grateful for the continued partnership.”
Flights will take off every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 6:05 p.m.
“That Paris service is obviously very important to our region, particularly for some of the big companies around town that use that service either to get to Paris directly or as a one-stop connection to the world,” said Seth Cutter, director of communications and government affairs at CVG
Cutter adds that he expects the schedule to expand on a seasonal basis to between four and six flights a week.
“The return of Delta’s nonstop flight from CVG to Paris is vastly important to the business community in the Cincinnati region,” said Kimm Lauterbach, REDI Cincinnati president and CEO. “We have more than 450 international businesses with a presence in the region, including Paris-based Safran, and headquarters for companies like GE Aviation and Procter & Gamble which conduct substantial business in Europe. This flight adds a direct option from Cincinnati to Europe’s second busiest airport for our businesses to utilize.”
P&G spokeswoman Christine Wever said the Paris flight is an important time saver for employees traveling to the company's European headquarters.
"Instead of stopping two or more times on their way to Geneva, they only have one stop in Paris, which means more time at home with their families and, a more efficient trip to meet the needs of the business," Wever said.
According to Delta's website, a one-way nonstop flight from CVG to Paris on Tuesday, August 2 takes about 8 hours and will cost $1,775. It's also the cheapest option offered by the airline.
However, if you wait about two months to book a trip it is much more affordable. A nonstop flight from CVG to Paris in October runs around $780.