Nina Varghese

Chennai, Aug. 31

Air France will operate 24 flights a week to India in the winter schedule this year, up from 19 last year, Mr Jean-Louis Pinson, Senior Vice-President, Air France, said.

He said the airline would fly an Airbus 340, which has 291 seats, to connect Chennai with Paris, and would operate three weekly services from October 30. It would work towards operating daily flights out of Chennai, soon.

Air France would also start daily services to Bangalore from the current five. Currently with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (which was acquired by Air France) 42 flights will be operated to India.

He said the airline is committed to business traffic, which is 50 per cent of the total travel. This is possible only if there is good commute traffic. Chennai too has strong commute segment and is backed by a more diversified economy, he said. The airline has a catchment mainly among the 300 French companies doing business in India and about 20,000 French citizens in Pondicherry, he said.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated September 1, 2006)
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