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Air France – KLM set to increase group capacity by 1.7%

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

Air France – KLM will increase the group capacity* by 1.7% for the 2014 summer season, compared to summer 2013.

airfrance-klm-flagsLong-haul routes will benefit from a 1.9% increase in capacity, with a 1.1% increase for medium-haul routes. The increased capacity marks Air France – KLM’s decision to provide additional capacity for emerging markets, while still maintaining a strict control over growth.

Air France will increase capacity by 1.2% this summer, driven by growth in the long-haul sector and South America in particular, and despite the fragile economic environment.

Long-haul: capacity up by 2.2%

Driven by emerging countries, the increase in capacity is particularly focused on Latin America and Southeast Asia, where the company expects to launch two new routes to Brasilia and Jakarta.

North America: increase of 3.1%

Air France's capacity in North America will increase thanks to a daily service to San Francisco with an Airbus A380, along with the introduction of the Boeing 747 to the Atlanta route during the entire summer season, and to the Toronto route over the peak summer period. Services to Mexico will also be enhanced by the addition of three weekly frequencies, giving a total of ten frequencies operated by Air France.

South and Central America: strong increase of 7%

Latin America will see a strong increase in capacity, mainly targeted at Brazil, with the launch of three weekly flights to Brasilia from 31 March 2014. From June 2014, Air France will offer four weekly flights to Lima, in Peru, with a Boeing 777-300. Services to Montevideo in Uruguay via Buenos Aires, launched last summer, will also become a daily service, whilst flights to Panama City, a route successfully launched in winter 2013, will continue three times a week.

Asia: capacity up by 2.6%

This summer, Air France is launching two daily flights to Tokyo-Haneda airport. Close to the city centre and much appreciated by business travellers, Tokyo-Haneda makes for an easier connection with the domestic network of partner Japan Airlines. Air France will continue to maintain a daily flight to Tokyo – Narita, providing easy connections to Nouméa. In addition, Air France will continue to serve Shanghai with an Airbus A380 and will also operate flights to Hong Kong with an A380 from 27 May to 25 October 2014.

In Southeast Asia, Air France intends to launch a daily flight to Jakarta, as a continuation of the service to Singapore, to answer to the strong demand during the summer season, and add frequencies to Bangkok, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur.

In India, the offer remains stable.

Caribbean and Indian Ocean: capacity remains stable (-0.6%)

In the Caribbean, capacity remains stable (-0.6%). There will be additional frequencies to Cayenne and the Dominican Republic during the peak summer period. Punta Cana, usually served in summer as a continuation of the service to Santo Domingo, will be served by three weekly non-stop flights. In the Indian Ocean, capacity will drop slightly (-1.1%).

Africa: decrease of 1.3%

After the sharp increase in capacity in 2013, Air France capacity to Africa will slightly decrease, however still includes buoyant destinations in key growth regions.

Since summer 2013, Libreville has been served daily and there have been ten weekly flights to Abidjan. The flight departure times to Abidjan, initiated in winter 2013, will be maintained, with a night flight each way. In addition, the fourth frequency to Yaoundé (Cameroon) will be continued.

Air France is adding one frequency to Pointe Noire (Congo), bringing the number of flights to six weekly frequencies. As of June 2014, the Company is also increasing capacity to Kinshasa and Brazzaville by using the Airbus A340 instead of the Airbus A330. In addition, services to Djibouti will become non-stop routes.

In Egypt, Air France will maintain services to Cairo by Airbus A330 and A340 and will suspend one weekly frequency.

In the Middle East, capacity will be slightly adjusted (-3%).

Strong development of partnerships

Air France is also increasing the number of destinations offered to customers through the development of its code-share services, including Gol in Brazil, Delta in the U.S., and WestJet in Canada. A total of 13 new destinations will be offered to Air France customers with partner airlines in North America, with 20 routes to South and Central America, and to 28 destinations in Asia.

Medium-haul: further rationalization of capacity (-2.3%)

In France and in Europe, where the pace of growth remains weak, Air France is continuing to make adjustments to frequencies, both structural and seasonal, as well as develop its hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle, where capacity will increase by 1.6%.

To develop intra-European traffic at its hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Air France has altered several flight schedules, to create a connecting bank dedicated to medium-haul flights between 20:00 and 20:45, without impacting the success of connections with long-haul flights.

Services to London and Yerevan (Armenia) will be strengthened by new frequencies, while those to Casablanca, Istanbul and Rome will be enhanced by the transfer of frequencies operated from Orly. Air France will also launch two daily flights to the oil destination Stavanger in Norway.

Some frequencies on the Orly-Marseille and Orly-Nice shuttle service will be suspended, as will flights from Orly to Barcelona, while capacity to Biarritz, Toulon and Pau will see growth thanks to the addition of a daily frequency.

For departures from regional bases, the seasonal flights introduced in summer 2013 will continue to operate, with certain frequencies operating during peak periods only, such as Marseille-Beirut, Nice-Athens, Toulouse-Prague, Naples, Berlin and Malaga, with other routes strengthened. The Toulouse-Tunis and Toulouse-Istanbul routes will be suspended.

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