Given the uncertain economic environment, the Air France-KLM Group’s increase in capacity in available seat-kilometres (ASK) will be limited to +0.6% including +0.8% on long-haul and -0.2% on medium-haul, excluding the provincial bases. The French-Dutch airline released Wednesday details of the summer (25 March-28 October 2012) schedule.
With the launch of the bases in Marseille, Toulouse and Nice, where Air France is significantly reducing its operating costs, the group’s medium-haul operations will post an increase of +3.0%, bringing the total increase in capacity to +1.4%.
On its long-haul network, Air France is posting capacity* of +0.1% and is increasing activity to Latin America (+9.7%), Asia (+6.3%) and Africa (+4.9%). The airline is reducing capacity* to North America (-6.5%), the Middle East (-17.5%), the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean (-2.2%). To China, Air France will be launching a new route on 11 April to Wuhan, its fifth destination in China, operated three times a week by Boeing 777-200.
On the medium-haul network, the growth in activity remains stable (+0.2%) excluding the provincial bases and stands at +6.5% with the launch of the provincial bases in Marseille, Toulouse and Nice. 23 new international routes will be offered on departure from these three cities