Air France Targets Indian Market

Since 2015, Air France has steppedup cooperation with Indian carrier Jet Airways with new flights to Bangalore and Chennai respectively out of Amsterdam and Paris.

India is increasingly attracting the interest of all airlines around the world. IATA expects India to displace the UK as the third-largest aviation market by 2026. While recording some 135 million passengers in 2017, the association estimates that India air transport could reach 442 million by 2035. Air France has been looking for a long time to build up partnerships in India. The cooperation between the Air France Group and Jet Airways goes back to 2014 with a first agreement. An important date was the closure of Jet Airways Brussels Europe/North American hub in 2015 and the transfer of flights to both Amsterdam and Paris. 2017 saw a further development of the relations between Air France-KLM and Jet Airways. A code share agreement was signed to connect India with Europe and North America via Paris or Amsterdam as well as the launch of Bangalore-Amsterdam and Chennai- Paris.

The entire network of Air France/KLM and Jet Airways covers now 44 Indian cities and 106 European destinations while 64 weekly flights link the hubs of Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Amsterdam- Schiphol and four destinations in India: Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai. Jet Airways recently announced it would strengthen Chennai as a hub with more flights to South and Southeast Asia.

Photo: Jean-Marc Janaillac Air France-KLM CEO and Naresh Goyal Founder Chairman, Jet Airways