Air France Introduces New Flight Route From Paris to Ottawa

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Key Takeaways

  • Air France launches a new non-stop route from Paris (CDG) to Ottawa, Canada, starting June 27, offering five weekly flights.
  • The airline resumes seasonal service to Quebec City and increases flight frequency to Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver.
  • Airbus A330-200 aircraft will operate the new Paris-Ottawa route.
  • Despite performance recovery and expansion, Air France faces internal challenges due to employee strikes related to working conditions.

Tremblay-en-France, France–Franco-Dutch airline company Air France has announced launching a new route from Paris (CDG) to Ottawa, Canada starting on June 27 this year, making it the only airline to operate non-stop flights between the Canadian capital and Europe. 

According to the official release, the new route is scheduled to have five weekly non-stop flights departing Paris at 13:10 and arriving in Ottawa at 15:05 (local time). Returning flights depart Ottawa at 17:05 and land in Paris the following day at 06:15.

In addition, the airline plans to resume its seasonal service between Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Quebec City from May 2 and also increase the flight frequency on routes to Montreal (three daily flights), Toronto (two daily flights), and Vancouver (daily). 

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Operational Resurgence Post-COVID

Air France resumed its services post-COVID in the summer of 2020 and gradually restarted its flights worldwide as borders opened and conditions allowed. 

The new route will be serviced by the Airbus A330-200 aircraft. (image via Wikimedia Commons)

Last year was a big year in terms of overall performance as flight frequency and routes operated on started attaining and, in some regards, beating pre-pandemic levels. Mid-2022 saw a significant resuming of their existing flight routes to South America, Africa, Asia, and North America.

In another news release, the airline revealed that total turnover during the third quarter of 2022 amounted to $8.7 billion, exceeding pre-pandemic 2019 levels by $538.2 million.

The airline company also announced the introduction of five new routes from Paris-Charles de Gaulle last September (started services in December 2022), including flights to New York-Newark (United States), Tromsø (Norway), Kittilä (Finland), Innsbruck and Salzburg (Austria).

This trend of increased travel worldwide (especially to exotic locations), evident across the board in the travel industry, can be attributed to a rise in people seeking locations and experiences that they haven’t before and a steep increase in the number of digital nomads seeking work-actions.

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On another note, Air France reportedly has been facing challenges from within as employees have been going on strike since the last Christmas season due to working conditions (passenger to cabin crew ratio), which they feel calls for a higher salary.

What We Think

Air France’s expansion with new routes and increased flight frequency signifies a rebound in global travel demand, catering to diverse traveler interests.

However, internal strife due to employee strikes highlights ongoing challenges in the airline industry, emphasizing the need for fair working conditions. The surge in travel to unique destinations and the rise of digital nomads indicate evolving preferences and lifestyles among travelers seeking novel experiences and work opportunities.

Achieving a balance between operational growth and employee welfare remains crucial for sustainable airline success amidst shifting travel landscapes.

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Aqil K
Aqil K
Aqil writes about travel, tourism, and covers the many aspects of the digital nomad lifestyle.

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