Air France: a service from Orly to Marseille and Nice that comes and goes?

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While due to a “structural fall in demand”Air France announced in October that it wanted to leave Paris-Orly airport in 2026 to consolidate its operations at the airport Paris-Charles de Gaullea 180° turn is still possible.

In a joint statement on November 14, the president of the Paca region Renaud Muselier, the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi and the non-executive president ofAir France-KLM Anne-Marie Couderc announced that they were working together to maintain “quality service” from Paris-Orly. Everyone says to themselves “aware of the pivotal moment that air transport is experiencing”and affirm that “the Region and Air France-KLM are getting closer, with the full support of the Minister of Transport”.

Four priority areas of work have been identified: “maintaining a consistent airline offering, which ensures quality while nevertheless taking a differentiated approach”. between Orly and these provincial airports, “the company’s quality commitments” in terms of reliability and ecological performance, the price of plane tickets, subscriptions… and job guarantees for staff at the two southern airports. Transaviathere low cost subsidiary of Air France, which was to take over from 2026, would keep a place in the future service system. “The work may take into account the experience acquired on the connection between Toulon-Hyères airport and Paris Orly which has been operated by Transavia since 2021,” specifies the co-signed press release.

Air France ensures that by taking into account “the increase in the number of flights offered from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and the implementation of your Transavia flights from Paris-Orly, the group’s capacities between Paris and Marseille, Nice and Toulouse, would be maintained at 90% of their current level.

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