The forecast follows the recent announcement of the planned easing of restrictions on inbound travel to the United States.
The carrier flies to 11 U.S. destinations (New York JFK, Boston, Washington DC, Detroit, Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Houston, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles), and has announced it will add frequencies on key routes including New York, Miami and LA, as well as the use of larger planes to increase capacity.
The news is part of the planned capacity increases on the Air France network this winter, with up to 182 destinations served – 87 long-haul and 95 short-haul.
The airline adds new routes from Paris CDG to Zanzibar, Muscat, Colombo and Banjul, as well as the resumption of flights to Fortaleza, Mahé, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Port Louis and Seattle for the first time since the start of Covid-19.
There will also be a new daily service from Paris Orly to Berlin, in addition to existing flights to the German capital from Paris CDG.
Air France also highlighted the entry into service of its first A220 aircraft, described as “the new flagship of the company’s short and medium-haul fleet”.
Starting October 31, the plane will fly from Paris CDG to Berlin, Barcelona, Madrid, Milan-Linate and Venice, followed by flights to Bologna, Rome, Lisbon and Copenhagen later in the season.
Air France takes delivery of its first A220-300
Air France customers with tickets to travel until March 31, 2022 can change their reservation free of charge, or request a refundable credit voucher if they no longer wish to travel.