Air France - KLM in the summer season 2017: 53 new routes
In the 2017 summer season, the Air France - KLM group prepared 53 for new European, trans-oceanic and transcontinental routes.
Commercial aviation is growing every year and this is nothing new. Airlines are growing, expanding their fleets, but also their operational networks. For the summer season 2017, which started on March 26 and lasts until October 28, the Air France - KLM group has prepared 53 new routes.
Thus, the growth for 2017 will be 2.9% compared to the previous season. The long-haul flight network will increase by 2%, the medium-haul flight network will increase by 2.7%. And the low-cost carrier Transavia will have an increase of 10.1%.
Air France - KLM is preparing 53 new routes
Let's start with long-courier routes, 9 in number. For this year, Air France will inaugurate flights to Accra (Ghana), Cancun (Mexico) and Cape Town (South Africa). KLM will launch 6 long-haul routes: Cartagena (Colombia), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Minneapolis (United States), Monrovia (Liberia), Tehran (Iran) and Windhoek (Namibia).
In the segment of short and medium flights, Air France - KLM will inaugurate 15 new routes. Air France will inaugurate 5 new routes departing from Paris-Charles de Gaulle: Agadir and Marrakech (Morocco), Milan-Malpensa (Italy), Palma de Mallorca (Spain) and Porto (Portugal). KLM will expand its European network of flights with 10 new destinations: Cagliari and Catania (Italy), Dublin (Ireland), Milan-Malpensa (Italy), Gdansk (Poland), Graz (Austria), London-City Airport (UK), Malaga (Spain), Porto (Portugal) and Split (Croatia).
Another carrier from the Air France group - KLM, HOP! Air France on its name will inaugurate 10 new routes in the summer season 2017:
◦ From Marseille: Athens (Greece), Ibiza (Spain) and Stockholm (Sweden);
◦ From Nice: Athens (Greece) and Tel Aviv (Israel);
◦ From Bordeaux: Copenhagen (Denmark) and Frankfurt (Germany);
◦ From Toulouse: Athens (Greece) and Malta;
◦ From Montpellier and Castres: Ibiza (Spain).
Transavia, the low-cost operator of the Air France - KLM group, also announced 19 new routes for this year:
◦ 10 destinations departing from Amsterdam-Schiphol: Almeria (Spain), Belgrade (Serbia), Helsinki ◦ (Finland), Katowice (Poland), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Munich (Germany), Reus (Spain), Sofia (Bulgaria) , Tirana (Albania) and Zurich (Switzerland).
◦ 5 destinations departing from Rotterdam: Bergerac (France), Pisa (Italy), Pula (Croatia), Valencia (Spain) and Venice (Italy).
◦ 1 to and from Eindhoven: Stockholm (Sweden).
◦ 3 destinations departing from Paris-Orly: Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Tangiers (Morocco) and Tivat (Montenegro).
According to Jean-Marc Janaillac, President and CEO of Air France-KLM, all the group's resources are focused on this year's growth. With the 53 new routes, which will be inaugurated this year, the Air France - KLM group starts the offensive on the portfolio markets and wants to regain supremacy over them.
In addition to the new routes, the Air France - KLM group, which also includes Transavia and HOP! Air France, announced frequency increases on existing routes, on short and medium flights, but also on long-haul flights.
At the same time, the Air France - KLM group places great emphasis on the fleet. At the end of the 2017 summer season, Air France-KLM will have a total of 13 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in its fleet. 10 will operate for KLM and 3 787-9 aircraft for Air France.
But about the Air France - KLM fleet and the operational growth on the existing routes in the following articles!