Air France resumes operations from Birmingham Airport

Air France has recently said that it is resuming operations from Birmingham Airport to assist with essential travel and repatriation to and from the Midlands.

Starting June 15, Air France will operate the Birmingham – Paris route twice a week using an Embraer 190 aircraft. Frequencies will increase weekly with the daily service resuming on July 6. As the peak summer season approaches, Air France passengers will have the opportunity to connect to up to 150 destinations worldwide via Paris CDG.

Benedicte Duval, General Manager for UK & Ireland, said, ‘As borders reopen and travel restrictions begin to ease, we are fully focused on the safe and gradual resumption of air travel. After this challenging period, we are delighted to be able to welcome our Midlands based customers back on board. As we all adapt to this new environment, I can assure you that all Air France staff, both on the ground and on board, are committed to guaranteeing our passengers the highest levels of health & safety.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport said: ‘We are delighted that Air France will resume flights from Birmingham Airport on the 15th June. Air France has been a partner airline of Birmingham for many years and offers passengers direct access to Paris and onward connections to up to 150 destinations.

‘We want to reassure customers that their safety is our number one priority, and as we restart operations we advise all to please follow the health and safety guidance available on our website. We look forward to welcoming the return of Air France, and its customers, to the airport from Monday.’

In line UK government guidelines, Air France requires customers to wear a mask throughout their journey. This is in addition to a range of health and safety measures implemented by Air France in response to the COVID-19 health crisis, which include compulsory wearing of masks for all airline crew members and airport handling agents in contact with customers.

In addition, Air France has introduced temperature checks using contactless infrared thermometers for departing passengers. The customer channels on the ground have been modified with the implementation of physical distancing along the journey at the airport and the installation of Plexiglas protection screens at airports whenever possible.

Further, Air France aircraft will feature an air recycling system fitted with ‘High Efficiency Particulate Air’ or HEPA filters that extract some 99.99 percent of the smallest viruses, including those no larger than 0.01 micrometres. The airline will reinforce daily aircraft cleaning procedures and introduce a specific procedure for the periodic disinfecting of aircraft by spraying an approved virucidal product effective for 10 days. On domestic flights and short flights in Europe, meal and beverage services have also been suspended.

Air France and bmi announces partnership on Bristol-Paris route

Air France and bmi has announced a new codeshare partnership on bmi’s Bristol to Paris service.

Set to commence service on May 14, 2018, the partnership will provide business and leisure customers from Bristol Airport with access to 25 French cities via Air France’s top-class hub at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

The news comes after bmi announced its plans to increase the frequency of the Paris CDG service from its Bristol hub. The airline presently flies twice daily between Bristol and Paris but will be adding a further flight three times a week – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays as of May 14, 2018, it said.

Benedicte Duval, general manager for Air France KLM in UK & Ireland, said, ‘This new codeshare agreement is excellent news for our customers in the South West. Both business and leisure passengers will now benefit from the enhanced opportunity of connecting to a range of exciting destinations across France via our hub at Paris Charles de Gaulle. From the fashionable Cote d’Azur to the picturesque vineyards of Bordeaux, this new partnership improves connectivity and offers customers access to even more destinations from the convenience of their local airport’

Jochen Schnadt, chief commercial officer of bmi, added, ‘Our new codeshare enables customers from across the South West to book through-tickets with Air France to 25 cities across France. With up to three daily services to Paris Charles de Gaulle, bmi provides seamless and convenient access to France. This is yet another step for bmi in building a comprehensive network of strategic airline partnerships.’

‘This new partnership delivers additional connectivity for the South West and South Wales region, enabling even more people to fly straight from their local airport, as well as offering French corporate and leisure customers the advantage of superior access to Bristol, the South West of England and Wales.’

bmi offers flights from Bristol to Paris from £74 one way. All fares are inclusive of 23kg of hold luggage, allocated seating, complimentary in-flight drinks and snacks and 30 minute check-ins. Air France offers medium-haul travel in recently upgraded economy and business class cabins. Complimentary in-flight drinks and snacks are provided on all flights.

Travellers looking to fly from Bristol Airport to Air France destinations within France via Paris Charles de Gaulle will be able to book tickets at www.airfrance.co.uk.

Air France Announces New Low Cost Fares

Air France, a France-based airline, has announced low cost fares for its passengers.

The Mini fare is the cheapest economy offering from the airline and does not include seat selection, checked luggage or frequent flyer miles. The new fares, commence from €49, and are on offer for 58 destinations in the domestic, as well as medium-haul routes.

The tickets are on offer currently, for travel from February 6, 2013, and are offered as an option that does not include the airline’s Flying Blue frequent flyer miles, or checked baggage.

The new fare is also being extended to six Cityjet-operated routes from London City to Brest, Nantes, Pau, Avignon, Toulon and Paris Orly.

The airline will also be continuing to offer its Classic fare, commencing from €69, which includes amenities such as seat selection, checked luggage, Flying Blue miles, complimentary snack, drink and newspaper, and a flight change facility.

Alexandre de Juniac, the chairman and chief executive of Air France, said, ‘With this new fare range that makes the Air France quality of service accessible to all, Air France is continuing to implement its Transform 2015 plan, which aims to put the customer at the heart of its development strategy.

This initiative is in addition to the renewal of the commercial offer launched in October 2012 with the strategy of moving up-market on the medium-haul network.

Air France is clearly illustrating its ambition to pursue a policy of constant adaptation of its products and services, and earn its customers’ preference.’

The airline currently offers services to more than a dozen destinations in the UK.

Air France to provide East Midlands with worldwide gateway

East Midlands Airport, operated by Manchester Airports Group, is to become a gateway to worldwide travel with the commencement of flights to Paris by Air France.

The new Paris service, which will be carried out via a new code share agreement with UK-based low-cost airline, Flybe, will be twice daily and commence from the 28th of this month. Passengers will then be able to connect with Air France’s Paris hub at Charles De Gaulle Airport, and the 180 worldwide destinations that the French airline has to offer from there. This adds to other existing code share arrangements between the two airlines.

Bombardier Q400 aircraft will be used on the route, each with a 78-seat capacity.

Commenting on the new flights, Air France KLM UK and Ireland general manager, Henri Hourcade, said, ‘The new flights offer travellers from the East Midlands region a world of convenient onward connections to 117 long haul destinations, operated by Air France and our partners. We are very excited to be further expanding our services from East Midlands Airport through another joint venture with Flybe.’

The new flights are the latest coup for East Midlands Airport, which has steadily gained a number of routes and service providers in recent times, helping to maintain its profile despite the recent loss of defunct airline, Bmibaby. Monarch airlines has established a base at the airport and low-cost airline, Jet2, which commenced routes from East Midlands in May 2010, has said that it will expand its operations and routes from the summer of 2013.

Air France overhauls services

In a move to expand and upgrade its services, Air France has announced that it has made major changes to its ground and in-flight services to enhance customer satisfaction.

The carrier said that its passengers using any of the 12 airports in France could avail of services from new self-service kiosks. The automated service at the kiosks will allow them to print their own baggage labels. The advantage is that customers will be able to go to Express baggage drop-off areas and avoid check-in counters, thereby freeing up time for other, more creative pastimes. In addition, Voyageur and Premium Voyageur passengers on long-haul flights will be treated to an a la carte meal service. This service is being offered in association with sister airline, KLM, which has been offering similar services.

Customers that are offered the cuisine may choose from dishes that range from traditional French meals, fresh seafood, healthy organic, Italian or a special dish designed by the Lenotre culinary institute. Prices will start at EUR12.

Bringing refinement to its menu, the carrier said that it has made improvements to its Premium Voyageur menu, created by French chef, Michel Nugues. Business class passengers can enjoy dishes by Michelin star chef, Guy Martin, until January 2013.

Other service enhancements being offered by the carrier include,

Paid-for baggage collection and delivery for customers using Paris CDG

VIP services such as chauffeur-driven transfers

Use of hotel rooms for a few hours of relaxation

And an array of new entertainments that include cinema and TV programmes.