Air France Post Corona Strategy… Expansion of ‘long-distance routes’


New flights to Zambibar, Muscat, Colombo and Banjul
Expansion of US routes and vacation destinations such as Seychelles and Mauritius

Air France expands its winter season flight schedule. The photo shows the A220-300 / Air France that Air France is introducing.

Air France expands its routes for the winter season. In particular, it plans to significantly increase long-distance routes and resort destinations.

Air France will launch four new long-distance routes from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport this winter season. Destinations are: Zanzibar, Tanzania (2 times a week), Muscat, Oman (3 times a week), Colombo, Sri Lanka (3 times a week), and Banjul, Gambia (4 times a week). International routes that have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic are also being resumed. Fortaleza, Brazil (3 times a week), Seychelles Mahe (2 times a week), Cape Town, South Africa (3 times a week), Hong Kong (once a week), Seattle, USA (3 times a week), Mauritius Port-Louis (7 times a week) ) Flights have already resumed or are expected to resume soon.

In addition, as vaccinated persons are allowed to enter the United States from November, the supply of flights to 11 routes within the United States (New York JFK, Boston, Washington DC, Detroit, Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Houston, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles) will be gradually reduced. It plans to operate up to 100 flights per week. Air France forecasts that by March 2022, supply to the Americas will recover to 90% compared to 2019. It will also expand its supply to the Caribbean region, including the Paris-Orly Airport-Saint Martin (3 times a week) route, French Guadeloupe Pointe-Appetre-Montreal, Canada (2 times a week), and New York (2 times a week) routes in the United States.

From this winter season, Air France introduces the Airbus A220 to operate short- and medium-haul routes. We ordered 60 A220s in 2019, and the first A220s were delivered in September. As the A220 aircraft are sequentially put into short- and medium-haul routes, the A318 and A319 aircraft are scheduled to be retired. The A220 is a next-generation eco-friendly aircraft that reduces carbon emissions by 20% and reduces noise by 34% compared to the existing A318·A319 aircraft. Starting from October 31st, the routes to Berlin, Germany, Madrid, Barcelona, ​​and Milan, Venice, Italy, Bologna, Rome, Italy. , Lisbon, Portugal and Copenhagen, Denmark.

Meanwhile, Air France plans to launch new routes to Tenerife, Spain (twice a week) and Rovaniemi, Finland (twice a week).

By Son Go-eun, staff reporter [email protected]

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