Air France left DFW Airport after the 9-11 attacks. Now it’s coming back

Air France will launch service from DFW Airport to Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport March 31.
Air France will launch service from DFW Airport to Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport March 31.

Air France is returning to DFW Airport after a 17-year absence.

The airline plans to launch nonstop service from DFW to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport starting March 31.

The airline will operate up to five flights per week, using Airbus A330 aircraft. The planes feature 224 seats built for long-haul travel. The configuration includes 36 seats in the business cabin, 21 seats in premium economy and 167 seats in economy, according to a statement from the airline.

Air France flew out of DFW for about eight months in 2001, but withdrew the service after the worldwide air travel industry took a dramatic downturn following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, DFW spokesman David Magana said.

“We’re pleased to welcome Air France back to DFW Airport and bring more international flight service to the Dallas Fort Worth region,” said Sean Donohue, DFW chief executive officer. “The new flights from Air France offer customers another convenient way to get to Europe for business connections or tourism.”

Metroplex leaders recently took a mission trip to France to spark more corporate activity.

“With over 120 French-owned companies operating offices or other facilities in Dallas and Fort Worth, these new flights will strengthen our business ties with France and western Europe and expand our capacity to travel between DFW and Paris,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said.

Fort Worth-based American Airlines also flies to Paris, with a nonstop flight available seven days a week.

American Airlines' first flight to Reyjkavik, Iceland was celebrated with pancakes and Coca-Cola at DFW Airport. Wowair and Icelandair also recently started DFW service to Iceland.

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