Air France and KLM stated (18-Jan-2011) they plan to continue to expand their network in Africa, a market in which it has been present in for close to 75 years. Over winter 2010, the Air France KLM Group is increasing capacity by 3.5% compared with winter 2009 due to the addition of two new destinations - Kigali and Bata - to its network. The Air France KLM Group is also increasing its frequencies to Pointe Noire (Congo), Libreville (Gabon), Malabo (Equatorial Guinea), Dar Es Salaam and Kilimandjaro (Tanzania). In summer 2011, Air France will serve three new destinations in Africa: Freetown (Sierra Leone) with twice weekly frequency, Monrovia (Liberia) with three times weekly frequency and Tripoli (Libya) with five times weekly frequency in addition to the daily services operated by KLM. Air France will also be increasing its number of flights to Pointe Noire and Libreville to five times weekly. KLM is also increasing its frequencies to serve Dar Es Salaam and Kilimanjaro as well as Tripoli with daily flights, Abuja/Kano (Nigeria) with four times weekly frequency and Entebbe/Kigali (Rwanda) with six times weekly services. Air France-KLM partner with Kenya Airways, TAAG Angola Airlines and Comair to further enhance its network to encompass 43 African networks. [more]
Air France increases presence in Africa
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