Dublin holiday makers still in love with Paris

by Rose Barrett

With the summer travel season well and truly upon us, Irish holiday makers are flocking to sun destinations. Covid still hangs in the air but what other destinations are we Irish opting for?

Air France has revealed its most popular destinations and it’s gay Paris that comes out on top! Irish travellers are flocking to the French capital.

Air France reveals that Paris is hugely popular with Irish travellers flying from Dublin and Cork airports..

It’s the one city that passengers can’t get enough of. Known as one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world, Paris is ‘A la mode’ with Irish travellers, coming out tops in popularity this year.

Hardly surprising as there are so many options in Paris – you can spend a wonderful romantic evening meandering the back streets behind Notre Dame as maître-ds’ from all nationalities try to lure you into their restaurants.

Paris the city of light and there is no place like it at night. Walk along the Seine river, take a barge tour and see the magnificent architecture from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre and so many artictectural features lit up, visible from miles away! One of my favourite spots is the church at Montmartre, by day tourists lining up to the view the maginificent building and to be photographed with the pidgeons.

Return by night, and it’s a whole other experience, from Pigalle Square to the Place de Clichy, dance clubs and adult ‘theatres’, great restaurants – the Red Light district has its own attractions. From Paris, take a trip down to Versailles smothered in gold but the gardens, the gardens are magnificent. When you’ve tired of the architecture, take the train down to Euro Disney, I had to be dragged out (three times)!

Air France data shows that Sao Paolo, Los Angeles, and Delhi are amongst the long-haul destinations favoured showing the Irish still have a keen sense of adventure!

Dubai remains one of the most popular luxury destinations from Dublin airport

With demand for luxury destinations skyrocketing by up to 119% since pre-covid levels, Ireland is also making up for lost time from the pandemic, choosing far flung premium locations, the most popular being Dubai, followed by Mauritius, San Jose, Saint Martin and Thailand.

A dream holiday for many, passenger demand has seen an incredible 121% increase in flights from Ireland to Dubai compared to pre-pandemic travel. Known for its stunning beaches and blue turquoise waters, travellers can relax or choose to explore its vibrant nightlife and unique architecture.

Air France travels from Dublin Airport to an incredible 238 destinations: to Europe’s most popular holiday hotspots, to the US, Bargkok, Singapore, Mauritius, Africa, South America, Dubai, etc via KLM  to 165 destinations from Cork. (Dutch airline KLM joined with Air France to form Air France–KLM Group, one of the largest air carriers in the world. However, the two airlines continue to operate as separate companies, retaining their own hubs, flights, and corporate logos.

Air France further notes that the Irish business travel is back on the agenda. Since the start of 2022, the company has seen a 99% increase in business travel, peaking on March 29th this year. With the growth of flexible working policies or businesses keen to get face-to-face time again with colleagues across the globe, passengers can once again make the world their office.

Air France also state that passengers are booking more premium flight experiences. And with Premium Economy on board, the Air France Boeing 787 offering more space than Economy Class, new seats and a business class-inspired menu, it’s no wonder the airline has seen a 74% increase in demand for this cabin.

See https://www.klm.ie/dublin and https://wwws.airfrance.ie/en-ie/flights-from-dublin to see the range of flights through Air France and KLM flights via Dublin Airport.

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