Air France Is Slowly Ramping Up Its Flight Schedule

Starting May 18th, Air France has gradually increased its flight schedule, while adhering to travel restrictions and passenger demand. From May to June, the carrier’s flight schedule will resume 15% of its usual capacity during the summer months.

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Air France announces an increased flight schedule with dates up to June 30th. Photo: Air France

At present, the French airline is only operating between 3-5% of its regular schedule. According to Aviation24, Air France stated it has been “maintaining service to the French regions and links with key destinations in Europe and worldwide, to both transport passengers and goods.”

The airline will employ 75 out of 224 aircraft to accommodate the upcoming flights. Air France has also put out a schedule, which includes planned services until June 30th. The flight schedule is updated daily and remains subject to travel restrictions.

In an official statement, the airline notes that it will publish flight schedules for July and August 2020 at the beginning of next month.

To and from Paris-Charles De Gaulle (CDG)

Following the closure of Paris-Orly airport on April 1st, the carrier has also ensured timely regrouping of flights to destinations affected. Flights to/from Cayenne, Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre, Toulouse, Nice, and Marseille will now operate out of Paris-Charles De Gaulle (CDG) airport.

Flights to and from Paris-Charles De Gaulle (CDG) airport will involve these destinations:

Metropolitan France:
Ajaccio, Bastia, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Brest, Calvi, Clermont-Ferrand, Figari, Marseille, Montpellier, Nice, Pau, Perpignan, Toulon, Toulouse

French Overseas Departments and the Caribbean:
Cayenne, Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre, Saint-Denis de La Réunion

Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Bari, Bergen, Berlin, Birmingham, Bologna, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Hanover, Heraklion, Ibiza, Lisbon, Ljubljana, London, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Naples, Newcastle, Oslo, Palma de Mallorca, Porto, Prague, Rome, Stockholm, Warsaw, Venice, Vienna, Yerevan, Zurich

Middle East and India:
Bangalore, Beirut, Bombay, Delhi, Dubai, Cairo

Cotonou, Douala, Yaoundé
+ Conakry and Nouakchott, only for sale to Paris CDG.
+ other destinations subject to obtaining necessary governmental authorizations.

North America:
Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Montreal

South America:
Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo

Hong Kong, Osaka, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo

*The flight schedule above does not include cargo-only flights.

To and from Lyon-St. Exupéry (LYS)

Air France has started flying again to Metropolitan France destinations from May 18. Photo: Air France

For flights to and from Lyon-St. Exupéry (LYS) airport, these are the destinations Air France will serve:

Metropolitan France:
Biarritz, Bordeaux, Brest, Caen, Lille, Nantes, Nice, Pau, Rennes, Strasbourg, Toulouse

Flight cancellations

Inevitably, the updated flight schedule has come with a round of flight cancellations. Those affected will be allowed to reschedule or cancel their trip at no extra cost, says the airline in a statement.

Further, customers are required to ensure they are aware of updated formalities involving the countries they are visiting. The virus outbreak has affected various travel requirements, and some states require visitors to download tracking apps or obey a 14-day quarantine.

Safe-distancing measures still in place

Although the French carrier is starting to ramp up flights, strict safe-distancing measures will continue to take place. The airline has taken to social media to inform passengers of such measures.

Beginning May 11th, passengers are required to clear temperature screenings before boarding.

All Air France travelers must also wear a mask upon entry to the airport as well as onboard flights. On top of that, Air France practices a staggered boarding procedure as part of a new social-distancing measure.

Europe starts flying

Meanwhile, travelers may still find the idea of flying daunting, given that the COVID-19 pandemic shows no signs of slowing down. Most may have even given up the idea of going abroad this summer altogether.

Finnish flag-carrier Finnair will resume flights to Europe and Asia in July. Photo: Getty Images

However, it seems that Air France is not the only airline that staying positive. Other carriers across Europe have also pushed forward, increasing their schedules for the coming months.

Just yesterday, Finnair reported a gradual increase in its schedule, albeit starting July. German carrier Eurowings has resumed flights for May, focusing on flying to the Mediterranean region.

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