Air France increases its leisure schedule from Paris
In anticipation of a busy summer for leisure, Air France has reinforced its long-haul leisure lines. The carrier will add up to 98 flights per week to destinations across the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and the French overseas territories.
The upcoming summer schedule so far:
From Paris-Charles de Gaulle
- Pointe-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe), Fort-de-France (Martinique), Saint-Denis of Reunion: Up to seven weekly flights to each destination
- Cayenne (French Guiana): Up to three weekly flights
- Papeete (French Polynesia): up to three weekly flights
- Saint-Martin: Up to seven weekly flights
- Punta Cana (Dominican Republic): up to seven weekly flights
- Holy Sunday (Dominican Republic): up to three weekly flights
- Cancun (Mexico): up to five weekly flights
- Pointe-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe), Fort-de-France (Martinique), Saint-Denis of Reunion: Up to 14 weekly flights to each destination
- Cayenne (French Guiana): Up to 7 weekly flights
The fares are available for purchase on the Air France website. All fares are fully modifiable and refundable according to Air France policy until December 31, 2021. This allows passengers to change their reservation free of charge, or request a refund in the form of a credit voucher. Tickets canceled by Air France will be eligible for a full refund, or travelers can postpone their trip instead.
More connections to the Air France network
During the summer, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana and Réunion will benefit from direct connections to Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly, providing access to the entire Air France network.
In addition, Air France plans to operate flights to Havana (Cuba), Antananarivo (Madagascar) et Port Louis (Mauritius) outside of Paris-Charles de Gaulle. However, travel restrictions prevent a firm announcement from being made at this time. If the restrictions are lifted as planned, travelers will be able to travel to these destinations directly from Paris.
France will adopt a traffic light system
After promising to open France to travelers earlier this month, France is set to introduce a new tricolorThe traffic light system, following the steps of other EU countries. Despite the ban on short-haul domestic flights, the country is eager to welcome the tourists essential to revive its economy.
France’s travel and tourism sector shrank by around 48% in 2020, causing its GDP to contract by 103 billion euros ($ 125 billion). It is hoped that a new traffic light system will help simplify travel restrictions, especially for travel within the EU. Currently, restrictions differ from country to country within the EU – for example, travelers from Germany must always self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival.
Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, French Minister of Foreign Affairs, said:
« Concerning countries outside the European zone [EU and Schengen zone countries], we will work on the lists and the colors. There will be the green countries, the orange countries and the red countries. »
The new traffic light system is scheduled to begin on June 9. Travelers from Green List countries will not need to quarantine, but proof of vaccination or a negative test may be required. All visitors from Amber List countries must be fully vaccinated with one of the four EU approved jabs – Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson. Travel from Red List countries will be almost entirely banned, even for those who are fully vaccinated.
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