Flights from Newark International Airport to the French cities of Bordeaux, Marseilles, Montpellier, Nantes and Toulouse were started recently by UTA French Airlines, the only airline offering nonstop or direct service to them from the United States.
Passengers on other airlines have to change planes in Paris. UTA's weekly schedule, aimed mainly at business travelers, includes three nonstop flights to Bordeaux (Tuesday, Friday and Sunday), three flights to Toulouse (nonstop on Saturday, via Bordeaux on Tuesday and Sunday) and two to Marseilles (via Nantes on Monday and Toulouse on Saturday).A nonstop flight operates to Nantes on Mondays; Montpellier is served on Friday via Bordeaux.
Air France is also inaugurating direct flights to four French cities, in addition to Paris, from Kennedy International Airport.
New York-Lille-Mulhouse service starts Nov. 9, departing on Thursday, with the return flight on Friday. A Sunday flight from New York and a Monday departure from Mulhouse and Lille will be added Jan. 7.
New York-Lyons-Strasbourg flights will depart Monday and Saturday starting Nov. 11; service in the other direction, on Thursday and Sunday, begins Nov. 9.
Flights to Lille and Lyons are nonstop; they continue to Mulhouse and Strasbourg without a change of plane. American Airlines has had a daily nonstop from Kennedy to Lyons since May.
---- A package tour to St. Barthelemy in the French West Indies will coincide with the island's sixth Music Festival, which will include six concerts of chamber music, jazz and dance and include performances by Claude Bolling, the French jazz pianist.
The festival is Jan. 24 to 28 and the tour will take place Jan. 21 to 28, with seven nights' accommodations at the Village St. Jean resort.
It also includes a contribution to the Music Festival that is tax-deductible. The tour is being organized by the Wasserman Office, 128 East 56th Street, New York, N.Y. 10022; 212-826-2080.