Yesterday morning (30 March) Air France and Glasgow Airport celebrated the start of the new Glasgow to Paris- Charles de Gaulle route.
Close to 15 million visitors travel to Scotland for both business and leisure every year and the route is set to see provide yet another major boost to business travellers.
McAveety said: “The arrival of Air France’s inaugural Paris flight into Glasgow is a significant boost for the city’s economy.
“Securing France’s national air carrier and the introduction of a direct daily, year-round service will further strengthen cultural and business links between Paris, Glasgow and the wider west of Scotland.
“There will undoubtedly be strong demand for this service, which has the potential to deliver considerable inbound leisure and business tourism.”
The inaugural Air France flight from Paris was greeted by a water cannon salute upon arrival hosted by Henri de Peyrelongue, Air France senior vice president Europe alongside French media and VIPs.
Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, added: “We are delighted to welcome the launch of Air France’s direct service from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Glasgow Airport.
“This new route presents a fantastic opportunity for Scottish tourism to grow through increased connectivity, not only for our French visitors, but also our long-haul and emerging markets via the Parisian global hub.”
With the addition of the Air France Glasgow to Paris-Charles de Gaulle route, the AIR FRANCE KLM Group has strengthened its overall presence in Scotland and now offers more than 150 weekly flights.