MORRISVILLE Tourists and corporate chiefs shared champagne and chocolate cake Thursday to toast the inaugural flight of Delta’s new flight to Paris, giving Raleigh-Durham International Airport a second nonstop route across the Atlantic – and improved access to cities in Europe and beyond
The word of the day was “connectivity.”
“We’ve had the direct flight to London now for a while,” said Madhu Beriwal, CEO of IEM, a global security consulting firm based in Research Triangle Park. “But this flight to Paris provides us connectivity into mainland Europe and from there to Africa and to Asia.”
Delta’s last attempt at starting direct service to Paris was canceled a few weeks after it was announced in November 2008, squelched by the sudden recession. But there was plenty of optimism Thursday among travelers and guests at the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Gate C-15 in Terminal 2.

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