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United Airlines cutting nonstop service to Paris from Houston — and more slashes are on the way

United Airlines cutting nonstop service to Paris from Houston — and more slashes are on the way

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United Airlines will cease nonstop service to the French capital on October 9. Photo by Tammy Bryngelson
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Sorry, Francophiles. It's about to become harder to get to Paris from Houston.

United will cut the daily nonstop flight service between George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and Charles De Gaulle Airport from its schedule this fall. The route first launched on Continental Airlines in April of 1997, and the last one will depart at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 8.

Beginning Oct. 9, all Paris-bound United flights from Houston will connect through Newark Liberty International Airport, Dulles in Washington, D.C., or Chicago's O'Hare.

 If Houston passengers thought those threats were idle, doubters only need peek at the online reservation system to see otherwise. 

 Air France, however, will continue its nonstop flight service between IAH and Paris, complete with tea service and creamy Camembert. (Delta is an airline partner with Air France and codeshares the flight.) 

After Houston City Council approved Southwest Airlines' bid for international service out of  Hobby Airport in late May, United warned of plans to reduce its capacity at IAH by 10 percent.

If Houston passengers thought those threats were idle, doubters only need peek at the online reservation system to see otherwise. 

United has cut service from IAH to Victoria and Beaumont effective this month — Online Travel Review reports that the latter has been replaced with bus service. 

According to CAPA — Centre for Aviation, IAH should expect further cuts in September, when United is eliminating nonstop flights to Asheville and Greensboro, N.C., Toluca and Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico, and Waco.