French airline Air France has this week announced a new route that will see it connect Porto to Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris with 3 flights a week, starting 26 March 2017. KLM also announced flights from Porto to Amsterdam, one of the routes dropped by TAP.
The route to Paris' main airport by the French-flag company will operate flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and uses Airbus A320 family aircraft with a capacity of 166 passengers and will offer Business, Premium Economy and Economy class flights.
"The arrival of Air France and KLM offers passengers departing from Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport extensive flight network of our group in the world. This summer, the Group will offer up to 247 weekly flights from 5 destinations in Portugal, "said Bruno Georgelin, Air France-KLM General Manager for Spain and Portugal."
Air France and KLM (Dutch-flag Company) are part of the same group and weren't operating at Porto Airport, although the low-cost airline of the same group (Transavia) follows on from a successful launch to Porto in the last two years. The connection to the Charles de Gaulle is also important as it is considered the main French airport and one of the two most important European hubs, connecting to the whole world.
In addition to Air France and KLM, which start operating passenger services in March, other foreign flag companies operate in Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport in Porto, such as Lufthansa (Germany), British Airways (UK), Iberia (Spain), TAAG (Angola) ), Turkish Airlines (Turkey) or Swiss Air (Switzerland).