Air France has confirmed it is looking at launching a low cost airline based at Paris’s Orly Sud airport to start operations in spring or summer next year. Called Air France Soleil, it would be an expansion of the KLM owned carrier Transavia that currently flies a combination of scheduled and charter flights, mainly from the Netherlands.
The new budget airline would take on long established operators such as easyJet, Ryanair and Air Berlin. It is a high risk area .. several such airlines have collapsed. But the successful ones carry millions – Ryanair 39 million passengers in the first nine months of this year, easyJet had 33 million travellers and Air Berlin 13 million.