The carrier serves 11 US destinations (New York JFK, Boston, Washington DC, Detroit, Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Houston, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles), and said it would add frequencies on key routes including New York, Miami and LA, as well as using larger aircraft to increase capacity.
The news is part of planned increases in capacity across Air France’s network this winter, with up to 182 destinations being served – 87 long-haul and 95 short-haul.
The airline is adding new routes from Paris CDG to Zanzibar, Muscat, Colombo and Banjul, as well as resuming flights to Fortaleza, Mahe, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Port-Louis and Seattle for the first time since the onset of Covid-19.
There will also be a new daily service from Paris Orly to Berlin, adding to existing flights to the German capital from Paris CDG.
Air France also highlighted the entry into service of its first A220 aircraft, described as “the new jewel in the airline’s short and medium-haul fleet”.
Starting October 31 the aircraft will fly from Paris CDG to Berlin, Barcelona, Madrid, Milan-Linate and Venice, followed by services to Bologna, Rome, Lisbon and Copenhagen later in the season.
Air France customers with tickets for travel up until March 31, 2022 can change their reservation free of charge, or request a refundable credit voucher if they no longer wish to travel.
For those travelers finding need to stay overnight near the airport in Paris, IHG Hotels and Resorts has opened Holiday Inn property in the French capital that will satisfy the requirement.
Holiday Inn Paris CDG Airport is located ten minutes from the airport by (free) shuttle bus, and features 250 rooms, and the brand’s signature Open Lobby concept with combined reception, restaurant, bar and lounge.
There is a rooftop gym and sauna with views of the airport’s runways, as well as 700 sqm of meetings and events space, and customer parking with electric charging stations.
The all-day dining restaurant and bar features a terrace and garden space, and offers French cuisine focusing on “casual sharing plates prepared with local quality produce”.
IHG lists 11 Holiday Inn properties in the Paris area – the group also operates the Holiday Inn Express Paris CDG airport, located close to the airport’s Terminal 1.
“We are excited to have officially opened our doors. This brand-new hotel has everything guests need whether they are travelling for business or leisure,” said hotel GM Laure-Hélène Robertet. “And as with all Holiday Inn hotels globally, Kids under the age of 12, Stay and Eat for free – making it a great, affordable choice for families.”
IHG added its first Voco property in Paris last year, and recently unveiled the Kimpton St Honoré Paris, occupying the former Samaritaine de Luxe department store, a 1917 Art Nouveau building on Boulevard des Capucines in the Opera district.