Air France restructures domestic network, announces plans to leave Paris-Orly 

Mathieu Marquer

Air France has announced a major restructuring of its domestic flight operation in France. 

From summer 2026, Air France will concentrate all its domestic and international flights at Paris Charles-de-Gaulle airport (CDG), winding down the majority of its operations at Paris-Orly Airport (ORY). The only exception will be flights to the Mediterranean island of Corsica, which is a Public Service Obligation (PSO) route served in cooperation with Air Corsica. 

Transavia, the low-cost airline of the Air France-KLM group, will take over the routes connecting Paris-Orly to three major French cities: Toulouse (TLS), Marseilles (MRS) and Nice (NCE). 

Air France will reinforce its own service between the three cities and its Paris Charles-de-Gaulle hub, where it is possible to connect with the airline’s extensive global network.  

Domestic destinations in France’s overseas territories, such as Pointe-à-Pitre (PTP) and Fort-de-France (FDF), in the Caribbean, and Roland Garros international airport, in Saint-Denis de La Réunion (RUN), in the Indian Ocean, will also see capacity increases from Charles-de-Gaulle. 

Announcing the news in a press release on October 18, 2023, the French flag carrier cited the drop in domestic business travel, driven in part by technologies such as videoconferencing software, but also by a change in travel habits and the increasingly stricter short-haul travel policies of many companies.  

Air France reported that demand on point-to-point domestic routes out of ORY dropped by 40% between 2019 and 2023, with same-day return trips falling even further by 60%. 

Overall, this restructuring will represent a 10% drop in capacity offered by the Air France-KLM group on trunk routes within mainland France, with no change to the total capacity offered to and from the country’s overseas territories. 

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Miquel Ros
Deputy Editor[br][br] Miquel has been Deputy Editor at AeroTime since late 2022 and is based in Barcelona, Spain. In addition to his work for AeroTime, he has published on other international media outlets as well, such as CNN, The Points Guy and Airways Magazine. Miquel also worked at the editorial team of Flightglobal and produces Allplane.tv, a site and podcast about the aviation industry.
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