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  • Joe Breitfeller

Air France Expands Winter 2021/22 Schedule With Up to 182 Destinations and 23 New Routes

Air France is bolstering their winter 2021/22 schedule with service to up to 182 destinations, including 23 new routes compared to last year. From October 31, 2021, the carrier will also launch Airbus A220 service to Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan and Venice.

Air France Airbus A350-900 - Courtesy Airbus

On Friday (October 8, 2021), Air France announced an expansion of their winter 2021/22 schedule with up to 87 long-haul and 95 short and medium-haul routes, including 23 new routes compared to last year. The carrier will also introduce new Airbus A220 service in Europe from October 31, 2021, with flights to Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan and Venice. Air France continues to resume their long-haul network on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle. Flights to Zanzibar (Tanzania) will resume with twice-weekly service as a continuation of flights to Nairobi from October 18, 2021, while three weekly flights to Muscat (Oman) will restart on October 31, 2021. The airline will also restart three weekly flights to Colombo (Sri Lanka) and four weekly flights to Banjul (Gambia) from November 1st, 2021.

Air France is also restarting flights to stations that have been closed since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Starting October 22, 2021, the carrier will resume three weekly flights to Fortaleza (Brazil), while two weekly flights to Mahé (Seychelles) will resume on October 31, 2021. Cape Town service restarts with three weekly flights from October 31, 2021 and one weekly flight to Hong Kong will resume on November 5, 2021. Additionally, Air France will offer three weekly flights to Seattle, Washington (U.S.) from December 6, 2021). The carrier already resumed flights to Port-Louis (Mauritius) on October 5, 2021 with seven weekly flights.

With the lifting of travel restrictions to the U.S. this November, Air France will progressively increase capacity to 11 gateways including New York-JFK, Boston, Washington D.C., Detroit, Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Houston, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, with up to 100 weekly flights. By March 2022, the airline will offer approximately 90 percent of capacity to and from the U.S. compared to 2019.

On their long-haul network on departure from Paris-Orly, Air France will offer three weekly flights to Saint Martin, complementing seven weekly flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle. Saint Martin joins four other destinations on offer from both Paris airports including Cayenne, Pointe-á-Pitre, Fort-de-France and Saint-Denis de la Réunion. Finally, the carrier will be expanding their Caribbean regional network with two new destinations on departure from Point-á-Pitre. From November 23, 2021 the airline will offer twice-weekly service to Montreal, as well as two weekly flights to New York-JFK starting November 24, 2021.

As previously mentioned, Air France will be introducing new Airbus A220 service on short and medium-haul routes in Europe starting October 31, 2021. The new aircraft is more environmentally friendly and offers a 20 percent reduction in CO2 emissions and a noise footprint which has been reduced by 34 percent compared to the aircraft it replaces. Guests will enjoy flying on Air France’s new A220 to Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan and Venice from October 31st, while A220 service to Bologna, Rome, Lisbon and Copenhagen will be launched later in the winter.

Air France also continues to diversify their short and medium-haul network and will add two new destinations on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, with twice-weekly flights to Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain) starting November 1st, 2021, as well as twice-weekly seasonal service to Rovaniemi (Lapland, Finland) from December 4, 2021 through March 5, 2022. The airline is also extending select summer routes on departure from Paris-CDG for the winter 2021/22 season, including service to Seville, Las Palmas, Palma de Mallorca, Tangiers, Faro, Djerba and Krakow. Air France will also launch daily service between Paris-Orly and Berlin from October 31, 2021, complementing existing service from Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

Air France customers can book with confidence, as the carrier offers fully modifiable tickets for travel through March 31, 2021. Reservations can be changed free of charge and customers can request a refundable credit voucher if they no longer wish to travel. If the flight is canceled by Air France, customers can postpone their trip, request a full ticket refund, or choose a credit voucher, which is also refundable if not used.

Source: Air France