A century of Paris-London flights

The first commercial flight between the two capitals was in February 1919 - on a converted bomber

11 February 2019
By Connexion journalist

The first commercial flight between Paris and London was made 100 years ago this month.

On February 8, 1919, 12 passengers took off from the Aérodrome de Toussus-le-Noble, just to the west of the French capital, paying 15 francs for the luxury of travelling in a converted bomber decked out in wicker chairs, Franceinfo recounts.

Today, the air corridor between the two capitals is the busiest in Europe.

The flight, in which the pilot and co-pilot sat in a cockpit that was partially open to the air, took more than two-and-a-half-hours at a flying speed of about 70mph. Navigation was by compass.

Following the opening of the Paris-London route, other destinations quickly followed, including Paris-Brussels. Le Bourget Airport, Paris's first commercial airport, opened in the same year.

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