Ottawa Tourism has announced the upcoming launch of a direct flight service between Paris (CDG) and Ottawa, operated by Air France starting from June 27. The introduction of this new route is expected to boost business events from Europe to the Canadian capital, allowing more companies and associations to explore Ottawa’s exceptional offerings for business events, including the renowned Shaw Centre and a variety of hotels. Ottawa’s event infrastructure is further enriched by numerous special event venues such as museums, galleries, restaurants, bars, and outdoor spaces.
Air France will operate five weekly non-stop flights on Airbus A330-200s between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Ottawa. These new routes will be a central focus for Ottawa Tourism at the IMEX Frankfurt event from May 23-25, 2023 where Ottawa Tourism is present at stand C300.
In addition to being easily accessible throughout France, the long-distance train connections to Charles de Gaulle from various parts of Europe make this new route convenient for business event attendees traveling from Western Europe. Countries like Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, and Switzerland will all have improved access to Canada’s capital.
Lesley Mackay, Ottawa Tourism’s Vice President of Meeting and Major Events, expresses her anticipation for the increased popularity of Ottawa among European conference and event organizers with the launch of these new flights. The additional capacity offered by the flights is expected to significantly increase the number of business event attendees from Europe. Mayor Mark Sutcliffe of Ottawa will visit Paris in July to celebrate the new flights, forge partnerships, and promote the city alongside the Ottawa Tourism team.
The flights will operate daily, except for Wednesdays and Fridays, with specific departure and arrival times. Air France is also expanding its capacity to Canada, offering up to 50 weekly flights to five destinations, making it easier to plan multi-center trips that include Ottawa.