Europe closer to the French regions
Friday 4, March 2011
This summer, Air France will be offering new frequencies on departure from regional airports to the UK and the Amsterdam hub. Air France’s domestic flight schedule remains stable (up 1.5%) and sees the launch of the new CRJ 1000 on inter-regional routes.
New routes to the UK
New routes are being launched from London-City to the French regions. City Jet, an Air France subsidiary, will be operating flights from London-City airport in the heart of the City to Brive three times a week as from 8 April and starting on 27 May 2011 a weekly flight to Avignon and two weekly services to Toulon.
Air France is also expanding services to the UK, on a code-share basis with Flybe.
On departure from Toulouse, Air France will operate a flight on Saturdays on a code-share basis with Flybe to Birmingham as from 21 May 2011. On departure from Lyon, Air France will operate flights on a code-share basis with Flybe to Belfast, Inverness, Jersey, Glasgow and the Isle of Man, with a stopover in Birmingham.
On departure from Clermont-Ferrand, Air France will operate a flight on a code-share basis with Flybe to Southampton as from 2 June 2011, with possible connections to Guernsey, Jersey and Glasgow.
On departure from Nice, Air France Air France will operate a weekly flight on a code-share basis with Flybe to Jersey as from 18 June 2011 on Saturdays as well as five weekly frequencies to Southampton starting on 27 March.
On departure from Bordeaux, Air France will operate flights on a code-share basis with Flybe to Southampton and Birmingham as from 21 May. On departure from Limoges to Southampton as from 27 March and Newcastle as from 21 May. On departure from La Rochelle to Southampton as from 27 March, Manchester as from 28 May and Birmingham as from 1 June. On departure from Bergerac to Southampton and Exeter as from 28 March, Birmingham as from 10 April and Manchester and Edinburgh as from 21 May.
Additional frequencies to the Amsterdam hub, Germany and Italy
Starting this summer, there will be a fourth daily frequency to Amsterdam, Air France-KLM’s second hub, on departure from Marseille and a third daily frequency on departure from Nantes. These new frequencies provide passengers with more connections to KLM’s long-haul routes.
Toulouse is becoming more and more European: Air France will be offering a daily flight to Düsseldorf and Alitalia will operate a daily flight on a code-share basis to Rome. Air France will therefore be offering 14 weekly flights between Toulouse and Rome.
New aircraft on inter-regional routes
The new Bombardier CRJ 1000 Next Generation will gradually start operating on the Lyon-Strasbourg, Lyon-Rennes and Clermont Ferrand – Paris Orly routes. Equipped with 98 seats, these aircraft are a major competitive asset for Brit Air with their fuel consumption of less than 18% and their low operational costs. Fourteen aircraft will be gradually put into service in the Brit Air fleet, replacing the Fokker 100.
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