Denverites longing to stroll along Champs-Élysées or see what the "City of Light" has to offer got a little easier -- after July 2.
Air France announced Thursday that three nonstop weekly flights between Denver International Airport and Paris-Charles De Gaulle onboard a Boeing 787-9 aircraft will begin in July.
It is the first service by Air France in Denver, and the airline will become the 24th to serve DIA. It will join SkyTeam Alliance members Delta and Aeromexico, DIA officials said.
"We know people everywhere are eager to travel safely, and Air France is just as eager to provide them the opportunity to travel the world," said Stéphanie Ormand, vice president and general manager, USA for Air France KLM.
"We look forward to connecting Denver to our global network and providing passengers the opportunity to benefit from our commitment to exceptional service and the health and safety of everyone on board."
The flights will operate through Oct. 29 and are expected to generate between $12 million and $20 million in annual economic impact to Colorado's economy. It will also create up to 150 jobs, DIA said.
"These flights directly reflect the work we have done to position Denver as a global city," Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said in a release. "With nonstop service to Paris, Air France is supporting our economic recovery with jobs and an investment in our region's tourism and hospitality industry."
Sales for the new flights are available now, but the service date is contingent on changes to travel bans that are in effect that do not allow nonessential travel between the United States and Europe, according to the release.
But like Hancock, DIA CEO Kim Day says the news brings excitement to everyone at the airport.
"The establishment by Air France of a brand-new transatlantic route during the most challenging time in aviation history is a remarkable endorsement of resiliency of demand for travel to Denver," Day said in a release.
"We are confident Air France will find success in Denver and we have no doubt that travelers will embrace these new nonstop flights to Paris over the long term."