Air France picks Athens and Heraklion, Crete as 2019 Summer Touristic Hotspots

Air France issued on Tuesday its revamped summer flight schedule. Greece prominently features within the airline carrier’s 2019 summer resort list which focuses this year on short-haul breaks in the Mediterranean Sea. Athens and the island of Crete were chosen as the major connecting hubs between France and Greece.

With the 2019 summertime schedule, Air France seeks to divert attention towards leisure travellers and provide affordable short-break solutions to nearby exotic resorts. This shift of attention reveals a strategic re-orientation of Air France’s summertime flight schedule from business-oriented long-haul travel to short and medium-haul options. For its Mediterranean flights, the company will use Airbus A320 narrow-body jets, with seating capacity roughly reaching 178 travellers per aircraft.

Based on this strategy, Air France announced the introduction of four new routes connecting Greece with France on a seasonal basis. Athens International Airport (AIA) will be connected with direct routes from four French airports. These entail the Airports of Bordeaux, Marseille, Nice and Toulouse. The majority of these flights will be held twice or three times per week, mostly performed during mid-week time (Tuesday to Thursday). Meanwhile, the French airline carrier also introduced two new routes connecting Heraklion, Crete with Paris (Charles de Gaulle Airport) and Marseille.  The summertime schedule of Air France will initiate from 20 July and cover most high-summer season, finishing by the end of August or early September.

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