Published on August 28th, 2023 | by Jenny Jacobs


Emerald Airlines Announces Flights To Rennes For Rugby World Cup

Emerald Airlines has announced it will run a new temporary route to Rennes in northwest France ahead of next month’s Rugby World Cup. The route has been established for Irish rugby fans who are travelling to Paris, where Ireland will take on both South Africa and Scotland in their final two group games. The flights will run for a six-week period commencing on 22nd September until Monday 30th Oct which is two days after a potential first World Cup final appearance for Ireland. The Airline will operate one flight a day departing from Dublin airport on Mondays and Fridays with return flights from Rennes running on the same days.

Rennes is the capital city of the Brittany region of France and is connected to the French capital Paris by train, with more than 15 high-speed TGV services running directly to Paris Montparnasse station per day at an average travel time of 1 hour 45 minutes. Alternatively, the cities are separated by a drive of just over 3½ hours.

 The new service will provide fans with access to the following games

  • Ireland v South Africa: 23rd September 
  • Ireland v Scotland: 7th October 
  • Quarter Final 2 & 4: 14th and 15th October 
  • Semi Final 1 & 2: 20th and 21st of October
  • Final: 28th of October 

Ian Lough, head of commercial at Emerald Airlines, said, “We are delighted to be providing fans with further access to a number of the exciting World Cup games hosted in Paris. We look forward to welcoming fans on board to cheer on their home team!”

This new route complements the airline’s service between Dublin – Brest, Brittany, which commenced in May of this year. For those not interested in rugby, Brittany is a great option for an Autumn getaway with many unique festivals including the Quai des Bulles Festival which takes place the last weekend in October.

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Jenny has been involved behind the scenes with Flying In Ireland since it’s foundation in 2002, initially creating the crosswords for the hard copy magazine. Since returning to Ireland from the UK at the beginning of this year she has begun to write more regularly for the website. Jenny is a director and the operations manager of a dedicated online pilot supplies shop and consultancy for pilots in Ireland in partnership with FlyingInIreland Editor Mark Dwyer. Their 4 year old daughter Maeve is the boss.

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