A new codeshare between BMI and Air France will give passengers flying from Bristol airport access to 25 French cities via Paris Charles de Gaulle.

The agreement comes amid ongoing strike action by several unions at Air France, including walkouts planned for Thursday and Friday this week and next Monday and Tuesday.

However, the BMI partnership will cover travel from May 14 and coincides with the UK regional carrier increasing the frequency of its Paris CDG service from Bristol.

The airline currently flies twice daily on the route and is adding further flights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. BMI fares from Bristol to Paris start at £74 one way.

Air France KLM UK and Ireland general manager Benedicte Duval said: “This new codeshare agreement is excellent news for our customers in the south-west. Both business and leisure passengers will now benefit from the enhanced opportunity of connecting to a range of exciting destinations across France via our hub at Paris Charles de Gaulle.”

BMI chief commercial officer Jochen Schnadt said: “Our new codeshare enables customers from across the south-west to book through-tickets with Air France to 25 cities across France.

“With up to three daily services to Paris Charles de Gaulle, BMI provides seamless and convenient access to France. This is yet another step for BMI in building a comprehensive network of strategic airline partnerships.

“This new partnership delivers additional connectivity for the south-west and South Wales region, enabling even more people to fly straight from their local airport, as well as offering French corporate and leisure customers the advantage of superior access to Bristol, the South West of England and Wales.”