Air France expands route network for 2024 ahead of Olympics | Airlines

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French national carrier Air France has announced it will push ahead with the expansion of its global network as the carrier prepares to welcome tens of thousands of extra visitors to France for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. For the summer of 2024, Air France will operate to 85 long-haul destinations across 74 countries worldwide, representing 9% growth over 2023.

North America appears to be the big winner in the announcement. In the summer of 2024, Air France will fly to destinations in the US over 210 times a week, serving a total of 17 destinations – Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Denver (DEN), Detroit (DTW), Houston (HOU), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), Minneapolis (MSP), New York (JFK), New York Newark (EWR), Phoenix (PHX), Raleigh Durham (RDU), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA) and Washington-Dulles (IAD).

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It will also operate almost 60 fights to five Canadian cities – Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver.

Overall, in terms of long-haul services, the carrier will see capacity increase by 9% over 2023. It will commence new routes from its hub located at Paris-Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG) to Phoenix (PHX) three times per week using Boeing 787-9s and resume its daily service to Minneapolis-St Paul Airport (MSP). Additionally, the carrier will extend its services to Raleigh-Durham, by increasing the number of weekly flights to seven from three during the northern winter season 2024/25.

Specifically for the acclaimed Cannes Film Festival in May 2024, Air France will operate two special flights between Los Angeles (LAX) and Nice (NCE) using Airbus A350-900s.

Elsewhere on the long-haul network, the airline will be expanding its daily Abu Dhabi (AUH) service from Paris-Charles de Gaulle it introduced in the winter of 2023 to operate throughout the summer of 2024. It will also be resuming its direct Dar Es Salam, Tanzania (DAR) service that was inaugurated in the summer of 2023,…

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