During peak summer holiday season, airline capacity will increase 14% from pre-pandemic
The international airline group Air France-KLM is placing its trust in Malaga airport this summer and in doing so is turning its back on the coronavirus pandemic.
Both airlines have confirmed a 14% increase in flight capacity to the Costa del Sol during this year’s high season, compared to 2019. Flight frequency will remain the same but planes used will have more seats than before.
Air France explained that it will operate 19 weekly flights between Paris and Malaga – each way – during the high season, which lasts until October. The figure is similar to 2019, which was 21 but with smaller planes.
As for KLM, they will have eight weekly flights in each direction, between Amsterdam and the capital of the Costa del Sol. This is the same number as in 2019 and the airline will also use larger planes.
In total, this high season, Air France and KLM will offer up to 21 connections to 11 Spanish cities, with a total capacity up 2% compared to before the pandemic. They will operate from Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Ibiza, Madrid, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia and from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Seville and Tenerife South.
“Spain continues to be a key part of our sales in Southern Europe. The market is returning to pre-crisis supply levels. We continued to trust the Spanish market, even during the difficult times of the global Covid crisis. We offer our customers flexibility and freedom, while adding new routes,” said Laurent Perrier, Managing Director of Air France – KLM in Spain and Portugal. Last year the company started flying between Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Tenerife Sur and Paris.
In addition, Perrier points out that Madrid and Barcelona are among the cities where Air France has chosen to start operating with the Airbus A220. The aircraft is a mid-size, single-aisle aircraft and the most innovative and efficient in its class. Its implementation will help airlines achieve their sustainability goals of 0% net CO2 emissions by 2050.
It was also announced that Air France and KLM will offer direct flights from Madrid and Barcelona to New York and Atlanta during the summer. These will be operated by their joint venture partner Delta Air Lines.
To cover the Balearic Islands, they will also launch routes to Palma de Mallorca – Air France from Paris and KLM from Amsterdam. They will also offer flights from the same cities to Ibiza. There will also be connections between Tenerife South and Paris.