Transavia is undergoing a significant expansion in Europe in the summer of 2020. This expansion will be across both France and the Netherlands. The Air France-KLM subsidiary is focusing on short-haul leisure destinations in Europe.
Transavia summer 2020 expansion from Rotterdam
Rotterdam, a city in the Netherlands, will see flights to three new European destinations per reporting from Routes Online. Edinburgh will receive four weekly flights from April 2020. Bilbao will see three weekly flights in the summer of 2020 on Transavia metal. And, Perugia will see two weekly Boeing 737 service.
Transavia summer 2020 expansion from Paris
Transavia is also extending its services from Paris in summer 2020 as reported at Routes Online. Paris-Orly will see service to four destinations in Europe. Ancona will see twice-weekly Boeing 737 service. Bari will also see Boeing 737 service on Monday and Fridays. Pula will start off with a weekly service before growing to twice-weekly service from late April and finally three weekly services during peak travel times in July and August. Finally, Transavia will also fly to airBaltic hub Riga with two weekly services from March 2020.
Transavia pilots work with Air France
Transavia pilots have been working with Air France as both airlines seek to expand. This comes as the airline and its pilots worked on reaching a mutual understanding and breaking the deadlock between the two parties. Ultimately, without the support of their pilots, the low-cost arm of Air France-KLM would have a difficult time securing guarantees staff would show up for scheduled flights instead of going on strike to pressure negotiations.
Competition in the low-cost market
The low-cost European market is growing. Ryanair and Wizz Air both have major expansion plans. And, with decreased competition in the French aviation market, Transavia also likely could be a force of growth. With backing from Air France-KLM and a host of connecting opportunities, it is likely that the low-cost arm could keep its aircraft full.
However, in order to better be able to compete alongside Wizz, easyJet, or Ryanair, Transavia will need to grow its fleet significantly. Currently, the airline has under 50 Boeing 737s. This is minuscule compared to the hundreds of aircraft operated by Ryanair and easyJet. Even Wizz Air has hundreds of Airbus A320 family aircraft on order.
This is an exciting development for European travelers in the summer of 2020. Indeed, even for those traveling from afar, connecting on a low-cost carrier to a leisure destination can help save money. Moreover, this move will also help grow capacity to certain destinations which can make them more accessible.
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Routes Online was the source for scheduling information as linked above.