There has been a "staggering" jump in numbers searching for flights between France and Dublin ahead of Saturday's Six Nations game.
According to Kayak.ie, there has been "a 184% increase in searches for return flights from France to Dublin for this weekend versus the same weekend last year."
The travel search engine has also found rugby fans can expect to pay an average of €133 a night to stay in a three to four star hotel in town.
Suzanne Perry, Travel Expert at KAYAK, said “The search data is indicating that it is going to be a busy weekend in Dublin with all signs pointing to an influx of French fans."
Dublin Airport says it expects to welcome over 7,500 French rugby supporters on a total of 45 extra flights that have been added to the schedule.
“The French rugby fans travel in great numbers and there is always a fantastic atmosphere at the airport whenever they come to Dublin for rugby games,” said Dublin Airport spokeswoman Siobhán O’Donnell.
"Dublin Airport will have extra staff on duty to cope with the large numbers expected to depart through the airport on Sunday when the majority of fans return home,” she added.
Ireland will take on France in their first home game of the 2017 rugby championships at the Aviva on Saturday at 5:50pm.
Johnny Sexton will make his first appearance for Ireland in the year’s Six Nations after being named in the XV to face France. You can see the full team news here.