Air France plans expanding its base in India
Looks like the growing airline market is making more global players interested. After Virgin and American Airlines, it is the turn of Air France to show interest in expanding its operations in the Indian aviation market. Air France plans to increase its flights to India by 20 to 25 percent a year over the next three years. They also plan to bring the superjumbo Airbus A380 to India in the next 5 years.
Air France-KLM chairman Jean-Cyril Spinetta said in a statement: â€œOur short- and medium-term projects for the next three years are to expand our services by 20 to 25 percent each year to be on par with, or perhaps a bit ahead of, Lufthansa and British Airways, the airlines of reference in Europe for India.â€
He further added: â€œTwo years ago, Air France operated 10 flights a week to India; this year, the number is 29 or a tripling of capacity in less than two yearsâ€. He was on a visit to India to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Paris-New Delhi air link. They have recently launched their services between Paris and Indiaâ€™s technology hub Bangalore and plan to link two more Indian cities soon.
The airline company currently serves five cities in India: New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Bangalore.