Sahel: Air France resumes flights to Mali

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Air France will start serving again Bamako, the capital of Malifrom Friday October 13, announced the French company, which had suspended this destination on August 7 following the putsch in Niger neighbor.

In coordination with the French DGAC (Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Editor’s note) and the Malian authorities, Air France will resume service to Bamako from Paris-Charles de Gaulle from October 13, 2023», Specified a spokesperson for the company atAFP. The connection will be operated at the rate of “three direct flights per week”, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. As a precaution, the flights will not be operated by planes and crews from the French company, but by a Boeing 777-200 ER chartered from the Portuguese company EuroAtlantic Airways. This long-haul is configured three-cabin, offering 30 seats in Business cabin, 24 seats in Premium Economy and 239 in Economy.

On August 7, Air France suspended its flights to Bamako, capital of Mali (7 flights per week), Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso (5 flights per week) and Niamey, capital of Niger, (4 flights per week), after the closure of Nigerien airspace. Since then, the military power in power has reopened Nigerien airspace, which allows Air France to fly over the country, without however resuming services to Niamey. For its part, the Malian government, allied with the Nigerien putschists, had canceled Air France’s authorization to serve Bamako during the summer, while threatening to cede its slots “to another company that requests it.”

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