Austin airport takes off with first-ever nonstop flight to Paris

Austin airport takes off with first-ever nonstop flight to Paris

Eiffel Tower Paris, France
Norwegian Airlines will fly direct from Austin to Paris in 2020. Ian.CuiYi/Getty Images

The City of Lights is now just a nonstop flight away from the Capital City. In an anticipated announcement on Thursday, October 24, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport revealed that the city's first nonstop flight to Paris will take off next May.

Norwegian Airlines will launch seasonal service from ABIA to Paris' Charles Degalle Airport (CDA) on May 6, 2020. From May 6 through September 20, flights will operate three days a week: Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Flights will operate on Fridays and Sundays from September 25 through October 23. 

They depart ABIA at 4 pm, arriving in Paris at 8:15 am (with a travel time of nine hours and 15 minutes). Return flights depart Charles Degalle Airport at 10:30 am and arrive in Austin at 2 pm (total travel time: 10.5 hours). 

According to the Norwegian website, one-way tickets from Austin to Paris start at just $219.90 for economy fares, while return tickets start at $249.90 for May travel. Prices fluctuate throughout the summer; in June, economy prices for outbound flights clock in at $399. 

“We’re excited by today’s news that next year, Central Texas travelers will have new nonstop service to Paris, one of the top tourist destinations in the world,” says Jacqueline Yaft, ABIA director, in a release.

The announcement comes just a couple months after news that ABIA was eyeing financial incentives to entice airlines to launch nonstop service from Austin. Paris was one of seven international destinations mentioned, alongside Amsterdam, Beijing, Dublin, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, and Tokyo, as well as Hawaii.

Austin-Bergstrom certainly has ramped up its offerings in recent years with an abundance of new nonstop flights, including several international options.

Last month, KLM Dutch Royal Airlines announced it will launch nonstop Austin-to-Amsterdam service in May 2020. Norwegian will also increase its seasonal nonstop service from Austin to London to four times a week next May.

Other international nonstops taking off from ABIA include Frankfurt, Mexico City, and seasonal service to the Caribbean and beyond.