Air France is trying to cash in on the summer rush, with plans to launch 22 new seasonal routes.
Let us look to see what they are selling for Summer 2021, with a major emphasis on leisure routes.
The airline plans to launch 14 new routes to Europe and Africa. These include
Paris-Charles de Gaulle to:
- Tangiers r (Morocco) from 5 July 2021
- Agadir (Morocco) from 5 July 2021
- Monastir (Tunisia) from 5 July 2021
- Valletta (Malta) from 5 July 2021
- Las Palmas (Canary Islands, Spain) from 5 July 2021
- Corfu (Greece) from 5 July 2021
- Rhodes (Greece) from 5 July 2021
- Bari (Italy) from 31 May 2021
- Ibiza (Spain) from 28 June 2021
- Algiers (Algeria) from 28 June 2021
- Catania (Italy) from 26 June 2021
- Corfu (Greece) from 19 July 2021
Nice-Côte d’Azur to:
- London Heathrow (UK)
- Tunis (Tunisia) from 28 June 2021
The airline will launch eight domestic routes too (even though it could find some of these routes affected by plans to limit French domestic flying to under 2 and a half hours). These include
Paris-Charles de Gaulle to:
- Ajaccio from 5 June 2021
- Bastia from 5 June 2021
- Calvi from 5 June 2021
- Figari from 5 June 2021
- Brest from 25 June 2021
- Strasbourg from 25 June 2021
- Nantes from 25 June 2021
- Caen from 25 June 2021
Frequencies will vary – so check when you book. Ticketing is now open on airfrance.com if you need to take advantage of these routes.
The airline is planning its long-haul schedule for the summer 2021 season and it should be interesting to see which routes make the cut for the season.
It goes without saying that the flight schedule is subject to change depending on travel restrictions.
Flexible ticketing still in play. As part of its commercial policy, Air France currently offers fully modifiable tickets for all bookings up to 31 December 2021. Customers can thus change their reservation at no cost or obtain a refundable credit voucher if they no longer wish to travel. If the flight is cancelled by the airline, the customer can choose to postpone their trip, request a full ticket refund, or receive a credit voucher, which is also refundable if not used (subject to terms and conditions).
Betting on a leisure summer
Airlines are trying to salvage what has been a tough 14 months, with the hope that they recover their passenger numbers and profits, by aiming for holiday and leisure destinations.
Air France is not alone in this endeavour.
With families wanting to reconnect, holiday links provide a chance for some of the more trunk routes to be relived, allowing those families to meet – or to travel a location and meet safely.
Expect more leisure routes to be launched as the weeks’ progress, as airlines try to make hay whilst the sun shines…
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