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