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Air France-KLM expands in Scandinavia

Nordic business travellers are on the radar for the group, which is launching 44 new routes overall this winter and expanding frequencies.

Scandinavia is “still an important market” for Air France-KLM as the group expands its winter flights to Amsterdam Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle.

The number of weekly departures is increasing by 2% compared with 2017 to 502, with the number of aircraft in the region increasing by 5%.

“We continue to have good growth in Scandinavia, and I think our attractive network and flexible supply are a major part of it. Especially for our business travellers,” says Paul Terstegge, general manager of Air France-KLM in Northern Europe.

Looking at the airlines separately, there are two markets that stand out. For KLM, the percentage with the biggest increase in weekly departures is Sweden.

There, the number increases by 4%, something the new Växjö-Amsterdam route is contributing to, a new route that launched in May.

For Air France, the biggest increase in weekly departures is in Norway, up 41%, based on the fact that the airline started operating its Bergen-Paris route earlier this year.

What’s new globally?
In total, Europe’s third largest aviation group will operate 44 new routes in the coming winter traffic programme compared to last winter.

When it comes into force on October 28, there will be an overall increased traffic capacity of 2.5% at Air France-KLM compared to the 2017-18 winter schedules.

Traffic growth on long-haul routes is up 2.8%, with six new routes, five of which depart Paris-CDG, namely Air France to Seattle, Taipei and Nairobi and subsidiary Joon to Fortaleza in Brazil and Mahé in the Seychelles.

Joon has also taken over routes to Cape Town, Mumbai and Cairo that Air France previously operated. Also from Schiphol there is a new winter route, with KLM, like Joon, flying to Fortaleza.

In addition to the new routes there will be more frequencies on existing routes to Detroit and New York, arriving on seven and 28 weekly flights respectively with Air France, while there is also an additional KLM frequency to Minneapolis.

As for Canada, Air France will increase with an additional weekly flight to Montreal, while KLM will set more flights in motion to Toronto and Calgary.

And Air France-KLM will lay on more frequencies to a number of destinations in the Caribbean, Central and South America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Short-haul expansion
There will be 1.1% growth in short and medium-haul capacity, as Air France and KLM open as many as 20 new routes. From Paris CDG, Air France will fly to Bari, Catania, Cork, Lorient, Toulon and Wroclaw, as well as to Bergen with Joon.

From Paris-Orly there are flights with HOP! to La Rochelle, while KLM will extend its route to Växjö.

A number of new regional routes are planned too. Air France uses HOP! on new routes from Caen to Geneva and Marseille, Lorient to Lyon, Lille to Brest, Metz-Nancy to Marseille and from Rennes to Brussels and Strasbourg.

In addition, weekend routes are established in connection with the French schools holiday periods. These include Pau from Brest, Caen and Strasbourg as well as a route from Brest to Geneva, all operated by HOP!.

All of this is complemented by the low-cost carrier Transavia, which has 18 new routes on the programme. Four Dutch airports get six new routes, Eindhoven (Krakow), Rotterdam (Nador, Lanzarote), Amsterdam (Beirut, Ovda) and Groningen (Tenerife).

From Paris-Orly there are new routes to Athens, Palermo, Rabat and Tenerife, while Transavia is heading from Nantes to Djerba, Monastir, Casablanca, Rome, Seville, Tenerife and Tel Aviv. From Lyon, Djerba is also on the route map. Overall traffic growth at Transavia will be 11.5%.

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