Air France is ready to say “Bonjour” again to DFW International Airport, with non-stop flights to Paris resuming in March.
Air France is returning to North Texas after a two-year hiatus after France’s flag carrier dropped flights in March 2020 in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The airline is planning flights five times a week from March 27, the airline said. Air France plans to use its 777-200ER 280-seat jets on the DFW route to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. It is scheduled to fly Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, according to schedule tracking company Cirium.
Air France has already resumed flights to 11 US destinations, including Houston, but will also return flights on March 27 between New York’s JFK International Airport and Paris Orly Airport, the smaller airport at the southern end of the Paris metropolitan area.
Air France is one of the last major international airlines to return to DFW after the exodus of foreign airlines with the onset of COVID-19. That’s because traveling abroad has been difficult for passengers due to a host of government restrictions and risks.
Most countries now accept travelers with a vaccination certificate or a negative COVID-19 test in the days prior to flying.
France has similar rules and requires travelers to provide proof of vaccination along with a negative PCR or antigen test taken less than 48 hours before departure. 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 locations, including museums and restaurants.
Travelers must also undergo a negative COVID-19 test within one day of flying to return to the United States.
Australian airline Qantas will return to DFW in late February with flights to Sydney on its Boeing 787-9 series jets that can carry approximately 236 passengers. Qantas does not have its flagship A380 scheduled for this summer for flights to Dallas, but British Airways plans to use the popular mammoth jets on flights from July.
With the return of Air France, DFW International Airport will have more airlines flying international flights than before the COVID-19 pandemic. DFW will receive 18 airlines flying internationally in March, compared to 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.