Air France KLM Cargo will operate services to around 30 long-haul destinations as part of its summer schedule.This week, the carrier increased flight frequency to Johannesburg, Bangkok, Beijing and Shanghai. It will also be restoring operations to Houston and increasing flight frequency to Bamako, Ouagadougou, Chicago, Toronto, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore.
The carrier’s summer network is supported by its regular full-freighter services. From Paris Charles de Gaulle, it operates to Dublin, Djibouti, Nairobi, Antananarivo, Reunion, Chicago and Shanghai. From Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the carrier offers service to Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Lima, Bogotá, Guatemala, Quito, Miami, Harare, Nairobi, Johannesburg and Cairo.
Air France and the French government have set up an air bridge between Shanghai and Paris to repatriate passengers to their home countries and also to transport medical equipment, facemasks, medicines, foodstuffs and other essential commodities.In the Netherlands, a similar initiative was undertaken by the Dutch government, Philips and KLM.
Gertjan Roelands, SVP of Sales & Distribution for Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, said, “It is essential to be very agile at this time. We are in very close contact with our customers to ensure that we adjust our network and services to their needs. Close cooperation and partnerships are even more essential during this period.”
In addition, the carrier offers charter services with ample belly capacity on its long-haul passenger aircraft.
Gertjan Roelands added, “The importance of online services has been confirmed in this period. Visits to our website increased significantly and we have seen more online bookings. All our staff – frontline, operational and central support – want to help fulfil logistical needs in this unprecedented crisis, while continuing to provide the regular services required by our customers. It is fantastic to see our staff making the difference, even in these challenging times.”