June 28, 2005
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The French airline Corsair will expand its Moncton-Paris direct flight in 2005 by adding two more flights and servicing it with a Boeing B747 jet.
The announcement was made today by Tourism and Parks Minister Joan MacAlpine, Corsair managing director Hervé Pierret, City of Dieppe Mayor Yvon Lapierre and Greater Moncton International Airport Authority president and CEO Rob Robichaud.
The French airline Corsair will offer 12 weekly flights between the Paris-Orly Airport and the Greater Moncton International Airport commencing June 30. The flight will be mainly serviced by the 580-passenger Boeing B747, commonly referred to as a "jumbo jet." As part of its inaugural flight last year, Corsair offered 10 flights that were serviced by a 350-passenger jet.
"We're very pleased with the expanded flight, which will continue to provide direct and affordable air access to both Europeans and New Brunswickers," MacAlpine said. "Europe is a key growth market for tourism in New Brunswick, and the direct Moncton-Paris flight will contribute to enhancing New Brunswick's reputation as an international tourism destination, and result in direct economic benefits for the tourism industry."
Corsair is owned by the German Group TUI, one of the largest tour operators in the world. The TUI Group also owns a fleet of 115 aircraft, which gives it access to an international air network.
"We are very pleased to continue this air route to New Brunswick for a second year," Pierret said. "Figures for last year's inaugural flight were conclusive and we look forward to forging a mutually beneficial relationship with New Brunswick to ensure the sustainability of this flight in the future."
Corsair has joined forces with the Province of New Brunswick, the City of Dieppe, and the Europe office of the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) in a $250,000 marketing initiative to meet the information and promotional requirements specific to the New Brunswick destination.
Lapierre is pleased that the flight will continue in 2005.
"Located in Dieppe, the international airport is an important transportation link ensuring tourism and business development opportunities between New Brunswick and France," he said. "We're pleased to contribute to ensure the continuity of this important air connection."
The Department of Tourism and Parks and Corsair each contributed $100,000 to this initiative. The CTC kicked in $40,000, while the City of Dieppe invested $10,000. Promotional activities include online communications to the travel trade industry, a media relations campaign, and advertisement to consumers and travel agencies to sell the New Brunswick destination.
The Greater Moncton International Airport is providing joint advertising incentives to promote the flight.
"The continuation of this service, which further opens the door between New Brunswick and the European continent, will provide important economic benefits for years to come, not only to our region, but also to the remainder of the province and the Maritimes as a whole," Robichaud said.
In 2004, foreign visitation to New Brunswick increased by 13 per cent, generating more than $40 million in tourism revenue.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Alain Bryar, communications, Tourism and Parks, 506-444-4454; Sandrine Guillemin, media relations, Corsair, +33 (0)1 49 79 49 01, firstname.lastname@example.org; Rob Robichaud, Greater Moncton International Airport Authority, 506-856-5440.