New direct flight from New York to French Riviera as tourists return

A new daily flight will connect the French Riviera to New York this summer, as American tourists begin returning to France.

New direct flight from New York to French Riviera as tourists return
A United Airlines Boeing 737 lands (Photo by JUSTIN SULLIVAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Going between the United States and the South of France just got a lot easier this summer with the addition of a new nonstop route between New York and Nice, on the French Riviera.

Over the past two years travel between France and the US has been heavily restricted, but now that both the US and France have lifted the majority of Covid-related restrictions, tourism is expected to resume this summer.

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The new route from United Airlines, which was originally scheduled for 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic, opened on Saturday, reports French daily Ouest-France.

Daily flights between Nice and New York will continue until September 6th. 

This route is in addition to the pre-existing daily Delta airlines flight, which connects the two cities already.

United Airlines sales director for France, Grégoire Dutoit, told BFMTV’s regional station that the new route “will not only bring Nice closer to New York” but also “connect Nice to more than 85 destinations on the American continent.”

Dutoit said it is possible United Airlines will continue the route throughout the year.

United also extended the amount of time allowed to redeem flight credits through to December 31st 2023, for tickets purchased between May 2019 until the end of this year.

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‘IT problems’ blamed for cancellation of flights from French airports

The French holiday weekend of Ascension has been hit by travel problems after Easyjet cancelled dozens of flights.

'IT problems' blamed for cancellation of flights from French airports

Easyjet announced on Thursday that it would have to cancel several dozen flights, many of which were set to depart from French airports like Paris Charles de Gaulle, Lyon, Toulouse and Nice.

The British budget airline tweeted an apology to the customers impacted, explaining that ‘IT system issues’ were to blame. 

In total, 200 flights across Europe were affected, confirmed the British newspaper The Independent.

Several customers expressed frustration at the hours-long wait times, many taking to Twitter to vent, like this user below:

So what happened?

Easyjet has not been very specific about the issue aside from explaining that the root of the problem was a computer system failure. They announced quickly that they were working to restore their systems and that in the meantime customers should continue to check Flight Tracker in order to verify the status of their flight prior to leaving for the airport.

While flights were set to resume on Friday, Thursday’s cancellations have had a domino effect, bringing about further delays and cancellations for flights originally scheduled for Friday. 

If you have flights booked, it is best, as stated above, to keep an eye on Flight Tracker in order to avoid potentially long wait-times at the airport.

Will passengers be compensated?

While Easyjet initially explained the IT problem as “beyond [their] control” and an “exceptional circumstance,” the company eventually retracted these statements and released a new statement saying that “Customers can request compensation in accordance with the regulations.” Here is the link to their website to find out more.

If you plan to request a refund, be advised that under European regulation for air passenger rights, travellers should be entitled to compensation between €260 to €410 per person depending on the duration of the flight, with the latter representing flight distances of over 1,500 km. Read more here.

Since Brexit, passengers departing from the UK may no longer be covered by the European compensation rules.