For the 2018 summer season (from 25 March to 27 October 2018), Air France-KLM is increasing capacity by 3.7% (4.4% on long-haul and 1.5% on short and medium-haul), a record for the company with 50 new services for the summer season.
Growth largely driven by a 4.4% increase in capacity on long-haul *
On its long-haul network, Air France is offering 4 new services* on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle:
Nairobi (Kenya), Seattle (USA) as from 25 March and Taipei (Taiwan) as from 16 April.
Furthermore, Air France is continuing to serve San José in Costa Rica this summer, a destination that previously was only served in winter.
For the summer season, Joon is launching its long-haul activity with 6 destinations on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, of which 2 are new for the Group:
Fortaleza (Brazil) as from 3 May and Mahé (Seychelles) as from 5 May
Moreover, Air France will entrust to Joon its service to: Cairo (Egypt) as from 25 March, Cape Town (South Africa) as from 1st of April, Tehran (Iran) as from 2 April and Mumbai (India) as from 18 June
1.5% increase in capacity on the short and medium-haul network *
On its medium and short-haul network, Air France is launching flights to 5 new destinations on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle:
Catania (Sicily, Italy);
In addition, the launch of five new summer services (Bari, Cagliari, Ibiza, Dubrovnik and Perpignan) as well as additional frequencies on growth markets from Paris-Charles de Gaulle are contributing to this increase in capacity. The development of the short and medium-haul schedule is reflected, among others, by a 3% increase on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle.
The more intense competition from the French high-speed train network is resulting in adapted services on the HOP! network, which is continuing its inter-regional development from the French provinces, with 33 new services including 16 to Corsica (an increase in capacity of 150%), as well as to Lebanon, Greece and Algeria.
Joon is continuing its growth and is expanding its offer with 4 new destinations on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, in continuation of the services previously operated by Air France -
To Italy: Naples with 3 daily flights and Rome with 7 daily flights,
To Norway: Oslo with 2 to 3 daily flights,
To Turkey: Istanbul with 1 daily flight.
An offensive growth strategy
This significant growth for the summer season is, among others, the result of optimizing the use of the fleet's aircraft with a gain of (12 minutes per day on short haul or + 2.5%), 45 minutes on medium-haul (+7%) and 30 minutes on long-haul (+3.3%). The flight schedule is optimized by the better availability of aircraft during periods when demand is strongest (at the beginning and end of the season), and flight schedules which are adapted to optimize aircraft turnaround times where possible. Finally, during the summer period, capacity to business destinations is being redistributed to leisure destinations.
Increased capacity for the entire Air France-KLM group
The Air France-KLM group is announcing a significant increase in capacity compared to summer 2017. This summer, Air-France-KLM is launching 78 new services on the long, medium and short-haul networks, which is a record figure in its history.
+4.1% * increase in capacity compared to the previous summer season for the group;
+3.9% * on long-haul;
+1.4% * on short and medium-haul;
A 19% increase in capacity for Transavia France and 6% for Transavia Holland;
314 destinations in 116 countries served by the Air France-KLM group in 2018.
* Capacity measured in available seat kilometres compared to the 2018 summer schedule.
** Compared to the 2017 summer season.