France’s domestic flight restriction for passengers won’t affect cargo: AFKLMP

According to Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP), the decarbonization strategy of the French government to ban domestic short-haul passenger flights on routes where train alternatives are available will have “no impact” on its operations.

According to the group, some supply chain lines may be kept because there aren’t any other options besides trains. The group also emphasised that domestic Air France flights had already been cut back during the pandemic under the terms of government-provided financial aid.

 A considerable number of domestic flights in France have already been cancelled during the holiday period as a result of the French government lending money to Air France, according to AFKLMP. Flights from Orly (ORY) were the main focus of these.

At the moment, AFKLMP is concentrating on increasing its cargo capacity. Currently, it runs two B777Fs, three B747-400ERFs, and one B747-400BCF. Additionally, eight A350Fs of the newest generation are still under contract. A capacity cooperation between AFKLMP and CMA CGM Air Cargo was officially inaugurated earlier this year after being first announced in May of last year.

In accordance with the partnership, the two carriers will jointly operate the whole fleet of freighter aircraft owned by their respective airlines, initially including the six freighters operated by CMA CGM and the six by AFKLMP.

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