The Air France-KLM Group on Monday, March 28 said it will increase its regular India flights from 20 per week in April to 30 per week in May. Regular international flights resumed on Sunday, March 27 after a coronavirus pandemic-induced hiatus of approximately two years.
During the last two years, limited international passenger flights were operating between India and selected countries — including France and the Netherlands — under bilateral air bubble arrangements.
“Following the resumption, Air France and KLM will progressively increase flight operations from India, starting with 20 weekly flights in April and expand frequency to 30 weekly flights in May,” the group’s press release stated.
Air France will operate from four gateways — Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai — and KLM from Delhi and Mumbai, it said.
”India is a strategic market for Air France and KLM, thanks to a strong VFR (visiting friends and relatives) segment and incoming tourism we anticipate a rapid recovery that should help the industry.
We will carefully monitor the market situation as we intend to reach our pre-pandemic activity over the summer of 2022.”Jean-Noel Rault, General Manager Indian Subcontinent, Air France- KLM
Air France–KLM S.A., also known as Air France–KLM Group, is a Franco-Dutch airline holding company incorporated under French law with its headquarters at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Tremblay-en-France, near Paris.
The group has offices in Montreuil, Seine-Saint-Denis, Paris, and Amstelveen, Netherlands. Air France–KLM is the result of the merger in 2004 Air France and KLM airlines. Both Air France and KLM are members of the SkyTeam airline alliance.
The company’s namesake airlines rely on two major hubs, Paris–Charles de Gaulle Airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol respectively. Air France–KLM Airlines transported 87.3 million passengers in 2014.
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