State and local officials say a direct flight from Indianapolis to Paris starting next spring will connect Indiana businesses with global markets.
Earlier this year, Indianapolis International Airport announced Delta will offer nonstop service between Indianapolis and Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport beginning in May.
Consul General of France, Guillaume Lacroix says his country is looking forward to an increased Hoosier presence.
“The direct flight is an opportunity both ways because it is a direct flight between Indianapolis and Paris, and is also a direct flight between Paris and Indianapolis,” Lacroix says. “That will bring more people ‒ tourists, business people ‒ to Indiana and France.”
Lacroix was in Indianapolis this week and spent some time visiting with students at the International School of Indiana, where he is an honorary board member. This gave students an opportunity to test their French skills.
“I think what is really important is to have the opportunity to speak a second language because there is a major difference between one language and two languages,” Lacroix says. “The difference between one unity and diversity, and we want to encourage that.”
Lacroix is based in Chicago where his main role is to promote trade between the Midwest and French companies.