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Mon, 4 April 2022

Air France to Operate 90% of Pre-COVID19 Capacity in Summer 2022

(04 Apr 2022, 11:12 +07)  Air France is scheduled to serve up to 196 destinations during the peak summer season, representing on average 90% of the capacity deployed in summer 2019.

Suspended since the beginning of the crisis, service from Paris-Orly to New York-JFK reopened on 27 March, in addition to the service from Paris-Charles de Gaulle. In total, Air France will be operating up to 7 daily flights this summer between the two cities.

Air France and Delta will also be launching an exclusive shuttle service between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and New York-JFK, with 8 daily flights (6 Air France flights and 2 Delta flights). From early June, there will be regular departures every one to two hours during the day out of Paris Charles-de-Gaulle and nearly hourly service late afternoon onwards for departures from New York-JFK.

Air France Boeing 777-300ER reg: F-GZNA. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.
Air France Boeing 777-300ER reg: F-GZNA. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com

Air France has also resumed services between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Dallas (Texas) with up to 5 weekly flights and on 4 May the airline will launch a seasonal route between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Denver (Colorado) for the second year running, offering thrice weekly flights.

The French carrier is also strengthening its services to Canada, with a 25% increase in capacity this summer compared to pre-COVID19 levels, launching a non-stop route between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Quebec City on 17 May 2022.

In Africa, Air France will return to its pre-COVID19 levels of activity with the addition of frequencies to numerous destinations. There will be two daily flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Abidjan (Cte d'Ivoire) and the seasonal services to Zanzibar (Tanzania) and Banjul (Gambia) will be extended over the summer season.

The carrier is also maintaining almost its entire network in Asia with a reduced number of flights. Additional frequencies will be added to the flight schedule to India (Delhi, Bombay, Bangalore and Chennai) to accompany the country's reopening to international flights effective since 27 March 2022.

Short and Medium-Haul

On the short and medium-haul network, Air France is continuing its strategy of redeploying capacity on routes to leisure destinations.

In July and August, the airline will offer capacity similar to pre-COVID19 levels, with the launch this summer of 23 seasonal routes from Paris-Charles de Gaulle including 3 new destinations: Zakynthos (Greece), with 2 weekly flights from 9 July, Tirana (Albania), with 2 weekly flights from 9 July and Tenerife (Spain), as a continuation of the winter season.

On departure from Paris-Orly, new routes will be offered throughout the summer season to Algiers (Algeria - 3 daily flights, subject to the country's reopening conditions) and Tunis (Tunisia - 1 daily flight from 29 May), in addition to services from Paris-Charles de Gaulle. There will also be additional frequencies to Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca (Spain) and Bari (Italy), destinations served already in 2021.

In total, 47 seasonal summer services will be available on the domestic network on departure from the French regions. This includes 4 new routes to international destinations (Marseille - Santorini from 8 July, Marseille - Tunis from 9 July, Nice - Heraklion from 8 July and Nice - London Heathrow from 9 July) as well as routes in France, notably to Corsica, served this year from Bordeaux, Caen, Clermont-Ferrand, Lille, Lyon, Nantes, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly, Pau, Rennes and Strasbourg.

Transavia will operate on the domestic network from Paris-Orly to Brest, Biarritz, Montpellier, Perpignan, Pau and Toulon.

The flight schedule for July and August 2021 on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly is currently as follows:

Metropolitan France: Ajaccio, Aurillac, Bastia, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Brest, Calvi, Castres, Clermont-Ferrand, Figari, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Rennes, Toulouse

Europe: Alicante, Amsterdam, Athens, Basle/Mulhouse, Barcelona, Bari, Belgrade, Bergen, Berlin, Bilbao, Billund, Birmingham, Bologna, Bucharest, Budapest, Cagliari, Catania, Copenhagen, Corfu, Cork, Dublin, Dubrovnik, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Faro, Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva, Gothenburg, Gran Canaria, Hamburg, Hanover, Helsinki, Heraklion, Ibiza, Istanbul, Krakow, Lisbon, Ljubljana, London, Madrid, Malaga, Malta, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Mykonos, Naples, Newcastle, Nuremberg, Olbia, Oslo, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Pisa, Porto, Prague, Rhodes, Rome, Santorini, Seville, Sofia, Split, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Tbilisi, Tenerife (new), Thessaloniki, Tirana (new), Turin, Valencia, Venice, Vienna, Warsaw, Yerevan, Zagreb, Zakynthos (new), Zurich.

French Overseas, Caribbean and Indian Ocean: Antananarivo, Cayenne, Fort-de-France, Havana, Port-Louis (Mauritius), Papeete, Pointe--Pitre, Punta Cana, Saint-Denis de la Runion, Santo Domingo, Saint-Martin.

Middle East: Beirut, Cairo, Dubai, Tel Aviv.

Africa: Abidjan, Abuja, Accra, Agadir, Alger, Bamako, Banjul, Bangui, Brazzaville Casablanca, Conakry, Cotonou, Dakar, Djerba, Djibouti, Douala, Freetown, Johannesburg, Kinshasa, Lagos, Libreville, Lom, Luanda, Marrakech, Malabo, Monastir, Nairobi, NDjamena, Niamey, Nouakchott, Oran, Ouagadougou, Pointe Noire, Rabat, Tangiers, Tunis, Yaound, Zanzibar.

North America: Atlanta, Boston, Cancun, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Minneapolis, Montreal, New York JFK, Quebec City (new), San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington D.C.

South America: Bogota, Buenos Aires, Fortaleza, Lima, Panama City, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Sao Paulo, San Jose.

Asia: Bangalore, Bangkok, Beijing, Chennai, Delhi, Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Mumbai, Osaka, Seoul, Singapore, Shanghai, Tokyo.

Pacific: Papeete.

The international flight schedule on departure from French regions (July/August 2022):

From Marseille: Amsterdam, Athens, Catania, Corfu, Heraklion, Santorini, Tunis.

From Biarritz: Geneva.

From Lyon: Bologna.

From Nantes: Amsterdam.

From Nice: Athens, Heraklion, London, Tunis.

From Rennes: Amsterdam.

From Toulouse: Athens.

The above flight schedules are subject to change and to obtaining the required governmental authorizations. Travellers are strongly advised to check documents needed and entry requirements of their destination before travelling to the airport.

On board the aircraft and throughout the duration of their trip, it is compulsory for passengers to wear a surgical mask.

See also: Exclusive Travel Industry Interview with Kurt Ekert, President of Sabre.

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