Air France now #1 Euro FSC with 4,256 flights and 253 routes

Air France now #1 Euro FSC with 4,256 flights and 253 routes

Air France had 555 movements on 8 September, data from Eurocontrol shows, up by 17% over the previous week. This includes its regional unit, Hop.

This made Air France Europe’s top full-service carrier and the continent’s third-largest airline after Ryanair (1,157) and easyJet (601).

The airline’s 555 movements were almost the mirror of the 552 that OAG Schedules Analyser expected.

Air France’s flights were driven by domestic France being Europe’s top country market or country-pair, Eurocontrol indicates, together with Paris CDG being the continent’s busiest airport after Amsterdam.

This warrants a look at Air France’s operation next week, the period starting 21 September.

Paris has 82% of Air France’s frequencies

In this week, Air France has 4,256 two-way frequencies, down by 48% from the 8,134 in the same period last year.

Paris CDG has 60% and Paris Orly 22% of these 4,256.

It would, of course, be highly instructive to look at performance, especially unit revenue and seat factor, to pinpoint where exactly Air France is at rather than simply its supply.  However, the carrier’s latest available data is from Q2, with the current situation undoubtedly still devastating.  Indeed, the Air France-KLM Group recently said they are losing over €10 million a day.

Almost exactly half of Air France’s total frequencies next week are international, of which Paris CDG has 91%.

This is despite CDG being harder hit than Orly, with total flights down by 50% and 42% respectively. 

Orly is obviously almost all about domestic France, with Air France’s total domestic network losing over €200 million for the carrier last year.

Air France now #1 Euro FSC with 4,256 flights and 253 routes

Latin America is Air France’s hardest-hit region, with weekly frequencies down 70% YOY.  Africa, by contrast, is down by 39%. Source: OAG Schedules Analyser.

Air France has 253 routes; nearly seven in ten international

Air France has 253 routes next week, OAG shows, with this figure also including its limited number of one-stops.  One-stops are considered as separate routes so that they’re considered fairly.

173 of Air France’s 253 routes are international, with CDG having 143 of these.

19 of the FSC’s total routes have more than 14 weekly one-way frequencies, as shown below, with all but one of these from CDG. 

Geneva is top with 32-weekly, down from 60 last year.  Many obvious routes are here, especially those more leisure-focused given leisure demand is stronger than business, including Barcelona (-56%), Lisbon (just -25%), and Venice (-48).

Only Casablanca (-48%), New York JFK (-50%), and Tunis (-46%) feature outside Europe.

Africa has the second-highest volume of Air France’s flights from CDG next week, with 330. Morocco, Tunisia, Cote D’Ivoire, and Cameron are driving this, with Algeria – normally second-highest – suffering greatly.

Abidjan is interesting.  With 13-weekly, it is down just 19% YOY and was almost in the figure below.  Although saying nothing of performance, it will be served daily non-stop by B777-300ERs together with six-weekly via Bamako using A350-900s.

Air France now #1 Euro FSC with 4,256 flights and 253 routes

Source: OAG Schedules Analyser.


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