Norwegian, along with Paris CDG, celebrated the start of the carrier’s new weekly (Mondays) service between the French capital airport and Orlando on 31 July. The route opening ends a five-year hiatus of services on the airport pair that was last flown by Air France in 2012. The SkyTeam carrier flew the route for just one-year looking at OAG schedules.
In preparation for the return of direct flights from the French capital, Orlando Airport introduced a special marshalling training programme to prepare the ground staff welcoming the inaugural flight on 31 July. The route from Paris CDG to Orlando will be flown by Norwegian weekly (Mondays) and ends a five-year hiatus of services on the route which was last flown in 2012 by Air France, a route that the French carrier operated three times weekly on 777-200s.
- Norwegian has restored direct flights between Paris CDG (CDG) and Orlando (MCO), ending a five-year hiatus of services on the city pair. Last flown by Air France three times weekly in September 2012 on 777-200s, Norwegian will operate the 7,234-kilometre sector weekly (Mondays) on its 787-8s. Launched on 31 July, Norwegian now serves four transatlantic routes from CDG, with it already operating to Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles and New York JFK. For Orlando, this also becomes its fourth transatlantic service from the carrier which already connects to the Floridian airport from London Gatwick, Copenhagen and Oslo Gardermoen. According to the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Air France between January and September 2012 carried 68,586 passengers between CDG and Orlando, while last year an estimated 46,000 passengers travelled indirectly between the two cities according to OAG Traffic Analyser data, with the top three connecting airports being Atlanta (19% of transfer traffic), New York JFK (14%) and New York Newark (7.1%).