The summer holiday season is fast approaching and the airlines are jockeying for what they hope to be a partial boom as opposed to the bust of 2020.
And 2020 was indeed a shocker for Air France-KLM who announced losses reported at over 7 billion euros and a reorganization that threatens over 300 jobs reportedly especially around its provincial hubs like Nice, Marseille and Toulouse. The downsizing mostly involves bases that support operations rather than any of the flight routes per se. In fact the flight routes are being expanded.
The airlines are already acting as if Covid is in the rear-view mirror and anticipating that seasonal holiday traffic will gradually build back up. Air France will hotly contest British Airways and Easy Jet as it organizes to attract passengers out of Nice and is offering them a plethora of new destinations.
New Air France Flight Destinations Abroad out of Nice
Heading the new and returning routes out of Nice for Air France are Athens, London and Tunis. Air France’s regular schedule to Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly, Lyon, Bordeaux and Lille will, of course, continue. The reported Air France schedules are:
3 flights per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from June 29th to September 4th, 2021;
5 flights per week, namely on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June 28th to September 5th, 2021;
2 flights per week, namely on Mondays and Fridays from June 28th to September 3rd, 2021;
1 flight per week, that is on Sundays from July 25th to August 29th, 2021;
This schedule could in future be subject to change depending on volume of traffic.
New Air France Destinations within France
You can criss-cross France to your hearts delight with these new routes:
Up to 4 flights per week namely on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from May 31st to October 3rd 2021;
Up to 4 flights per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays starting May 31st to October 3rd, 2021;
3 flights per week on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays starting June 25th to September 4th, 2021;
1 flight per week on Saturdays starting June 26th to September 4th, 2021.
Competition for Nice Traffic is Hot
British Airways is hot on the heels of Air France with its flights from Nice to UK’s Gatwick and London-City airports. And the low-cost airline Volotea joins the action. The plan is to soon be connecting Lille with the Mediterranean. Their new route is reported to be between Lille-Lesquin airport and Nice airport starting from 3rd June.