Air France plans 65% of its 2019 capacity in July and August – –

Air France plans 65% of its 2019 capacity in July and August – –

Air France has announced its intention to operate a relatively busy summer schedule this year, which will see its capacity reach 65% of 2019 levels. This will represent a 25% increase over the 40% rate for May 2021. Its The busier schedule reflects the gradual lifting of travel restrictions and will serve nearly 200 destinations. Let’s take stock of the calendar.

Domestic boom

Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many passengers remain understandably wary of the potential for sudden changes in travel restrictions. This may cause them to decide not to travel abroad. Air France, taking this sentiment into account, has built its summer schedule accordingly. Thus, it will benefit from an extended service on its internal routes.

Overall, the French national carrier plans to operate a total of 40 routes within the country during the summer months. A large proportion of them are concentrated on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. The airline will directly serve four destinations on the island: Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvia and Figari. Direct flights from mainland France will arrive from Bordeaux, Caen, Lille, Lyon, Paris, Pau, Rennes, Strasbourg and Nantes.

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Air France will offer flights to Corsica from all over the country. Photo: Getty Images

Europe and North Africa

Destinations in Europe and North Africa, alongside those served in France, represent 110 of the nearly 200 destinations Air France plans to serve this summer. The airline strongly believes it is able to offer safe international leisure travel, stating:

« As part of the gradual reopening of French borders and the lifting of certain travel restrictions, Air France teams at the airport and on board are fully mobilized to help customers find their loved ones or reach their destinations. vacation. «

The French national carrier already has a well-established short and medium-haul network serving destinations across Europe and North Africa. But it will also benefit from a boost in these markets by operating 81 seasonal routes. 23 of them will be new to the airline. Greece will see an impressive 80% increase in capacity compared to 2019, and Portugal an increase of 25% as well.

Boeing 787-9 d'Air France
Air France will serve Greece and Portugal with more capacity than during the summer months of 2019. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple theft

Long-haul aircraft leaving storage

In anticipation of its busier summer, Air France also announced the withdrawal of 12 long-haul aircraft from storage. 10 medium-haul aircraft will also be put back into service. This will give a total operational fleet of 181 aircraft available for the airline this summer.

Regarding the destination of these reinstated long-haul aircraft, the French West Indies are a priority for Air France. From now on, travelers between France and its overseas territories no longer need to have an essential reason to travel, the airline company will complete its schedules on these routes. He says these are ” essential to ensure territorial continuity.  »

Thanks to the increase in schedules, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports will have a combined maximum of three flights per day to destinations in the French Caribbean. These will include Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe), Fort-de-France (Martinique) and Saint-Denis de la Réunion.

What do you think of the capacity increases planned for Air France this summer? Will you be traveling with the French carrier during this period? Let us know in the comments.


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