Air France is to introduce five new routes from its main Paris Charles de Gaulle hub for the winter season as its seasonal capacity returns “close to” pre-Covid levels.
The new routes from Paris CDG airport will be to New York-Newark, Tromso in Norway and Kittila in Finland, plus Innsbruck and Salzburg in Austria.
The airline will also operate the first flights featuring its new long-haul business class cabinon Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in “the coming weeks”. The new seat, which is just under two metres long and features a new sliding door for enhanced privacy, will initially be offered on flights to New York-JFK.
Air France said that it was continuing to reopen its global network after a summer “marked by strong demand for travel”.
The winter season from November 2022 to March 2023 will see the carrier fly to 171 destinations, with 86 long-haul routes, including the restored Paris CDG-Newark daily service from 12 December. Air France has not served Newark since 2012.
Other moves will see Air France resume its flights from Paris CDG to Cape Town in South Africa from 30 October for the first time since the start of the pandemic with three weekly flights.
The carrier will fly from Paris to both Tokyo airports, Haneda and Narita, this winter, as well as offering a service to Montreal for the second consecutive winter. The Paris CDG-Dallas summer route will also be extended through the winter.
Air France is making several short-haul changes with a new daily route between Paris Orly and Casablanca in Morocco from 30 October. The Nice-London Heathrow route will also move from being a summer-only service to a year-round daily flight.The four new short-haul seasonal destinations, Kittila, Tromso, Innsbruck and Salzburg, will start from 10 December.
Finally, Air France will extend several current summer routes through the winter: Paris Orly-Tunis, Marseille-Algiers, Toulouse-Algeria and Toulouse-Oran (Algeria).