Air France is ready to say “bonjour” again to DFW International Airport with nonstop flights to Paris restarting in March.
Air France is returning to North Texas following a two-year hiatus after the flag carrier of France dropped flights in March 2020 in the initial days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The airline is scheduling flights five times a week starting March 27, the carrier said. Air France plans to use its 280-seat 777-200ER jets for the DFW to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport route. It’s scheduled to fly Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, according to schedule tracking firm Cirium.
Air France has already resumed flights to 11 U.S. destinations including Houston, but is also bringing back flights on March 27 between New York’s JFK International Airport and Paris Orly Airport, the smaller airport on the southern side of the Paris metropolitan area.
Air France is one of the last major international airlines to return to DFW following the exodus of foreign carriers with the onset of COVID-19. That’s because foreign travel was difficult for passengers because of myriad government restrictions and risks.
Most countries are now accepting travelers with proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in the days leading up to flying.
France has similar rules and requires travelers to present proof of vaccination along with a negative PCR or antigen test taken less than 48 hours before travel. France, which has some of the world’s strictest COVID-19 measures, also requires travelers to get a “vaccination pass” to go to most public venues, including museums and restaurants.
Travelers also need to negative COVID-19 test within one day of flying to return to the United States.
Australian flag carrier Qantas is set to return to DFW at the end of February with flights to Sydney on its Boeing 787-9 series jets that carry about 236 passengers. Qantas doesn’t have its flagship A380 on the schedule for this summer for flights to Dallas, but British Airways is planning to use the popular mammoth jets on flights starting in July.
With Air France’s return, DFW International Airport will have more carriers flying international flights than it did before the COVID-19 pandemic. DFW will host 18 airlines that fly internationally in March, compared with 14 before the pandemic.
New airlines at DFW include Turkish Airlines flying to Istanbul, flights from Mexican low-cost carrier Viva Aerobus and flights to Mexico from budget carrier Frontier Airlines.
Finnair is also expected to launch its first flights from DFW to Helsinki on March 27.
Turkish Airlines sets course for DFW Airport starting in September