Travelers can now fly nonstop from Denver International Airport to Paris. On Friday, officials held a ribbon cutting at DIA to welcome the inaugural flight from Paris-Charles De Gaulle as it landed in Denver.
“Our ability to attract a new international airline during a pandemic, speaks to the strength of our city and our airport and we are excited to welcome Air France,” said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
The Air France flight is expected to create up to 150 new jobs and generate up to $16.5 million for Colorado’s economy, Hancock said. Flights are expected to operate three days per week at DIA through October 29.
Denver is Air France’s 12th destination in the U.S. The airline is the first SkyTeam Alliance member at DIA to provide transatlantic service.
“We hope travel restrictions in U.S. will also be lifted soon to be able to give tourists from Europe and beyond the opportunity to experience and explore Denver and its surrounding areas,” said Stéphane Ormand, Vice President and General Manager, USA for Air France KLM. “We believe in the potential of this route because of Denver’s dynamic economy and outstanding outdoor recreation which appeals to tourists from around the world.”
Currently, American travelers who are fully vaccinated can enter European Union countries without needing to quarantine or provide a negative COVID-19 test. Non-vaccinated Americans will need to provide a negative PCR test within 72 hours of their departure, but they do not need to quarantine.
“Prior to the pandemic, Paris was Denver’s second-largest market in Europe after London and we have no doubt, that as more travel restrictions are lifted, will see an influx of Denverites exploring Paris using this convenient nonstop flight,” said DEN CEO Kim Day.
King Soopers Parent Company Kroger Announces $5 Million Giveaway In Effort To Get More People Vaccinated
King Soopers grocery stores are joining in the effort to get more people in Colorado and across the country vaccinated. Kroger, the parent company of King Soopers and City Market, says it will give out $1 million checks to five people.
Entrants in their giveaway must either get their vaccine at one of Kroger’s locations in the country or have already gotten one there. They also must be 18 or older.
A total of 50 prizes of groceries for a year will also be given out.
The promotion is called $5 Million #CommunityImmunity Giveaway and runs through July 10.
King Soopers President Steve Burnham said “Since day one of this pandemic, King Soopers’ most urgent priority has been the health and safety of our associates, customers, and communities” in a prepared statement.
“King Soopers’ #CommunityImmunity Giveaway is designed to inspire more adults to get vaccinated and help Colorado recover and move ahead,” Burnham said.