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Air France To Suspend Flights Between Paris & New York JFK

SimpleFlying 9/25/2022 Luke Bodell
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  • Air France
    Airline Type: Full Service Carrier
    Hub(s): Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport
    Year Founded: 1933
    Alliance: SkyTeam
    Airline Group: Air France-KLM
    CEO: Anne Rigail
    Country: France

Air France will suspend flights between Paris Orly and New York JFK Airport for the upcoming winter season. The French carrier will cease its six-weekly service from October 30th, with plans to resume flights from March 2023.

Air France suspends Paris Orly-New York JFK

Air France's six-times-a-week service between Paris Orly Airport (ORY) and New York JFK Airport (JFK) will temporarily stop over the winter following the airline's new daily flight between Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) and New York Newark Liberty Airport (EWR) launching in December.

Air France will still offer up to seven daily flights between Paris and New York. Photo: Getty Images

The carrier currently flies between ORY and JFK six times a week with its fleet of Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, but this will come to a stop from October 30th. However, according to Cirium, the airline plans to resume JFK flights out of Paris' secondary airport from March 2023.

Air France had only recently resumed flights between Orly and JFK in March 2022 following the reopening of US borders in late 2021.

Still plenty of New York flights

Despite the suspension of its ORY-JFK service, Air France will still operate up to seven daily Paris-New York flights from its hub at Charles de Gaulle Airport.

The French carrier announced a new service between Charles de Gaulle Airport and New York Newark Liberty Airport earlier this summer, with flights set to begin on December 12th.

Both Air France and KLM could return to Newark next year. Photo: Air France

This will represent a return to Newark after almost 11 years for Air France, which had served New York's second-busiest airport for a 16-year period up until March 2012. Rumor has it that KLM will follow Air France by returning to Newark too, having last served the airport in 2008.

On top of its upcoming daily CDG-EWR flights, Air France will continue to operate six daily 'shuttle' flights between CDG and JFK. Together with Skyteam partner Delta's two daily CDG-JFK flights, there will be up to nine daily Skyteam flights between the two cities this winter.

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A record-breaking North American winter

As Simple Flying explored this week, Air France is presently operating its most-ever US and Canada winter flights, with 22% more services scheduled for this winter compared to 2019. In fact, the carrier reasserted its presence in the US quickly this year, reaching 90% of its 2019 capacity by February.

The airline also announced a series of new routes out of CDG this week, including Austrian winter getaways Innsbruck (INN) and Salzburg (SZG) along with Tromsø (TOS) and Kittilä (KTT) in Northern Europe.

Air France will launch its new long-haul business cabins this year. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

In all, the French carrier will serve 171 destinations this winter - 86 long-haul and 85 short-to-medium-haul - and expects its entire fleet to be utilized as capacity nears 2019 levels.

Have you flown with Air France between Paris and New York before? How did you find the experience? Let us know your stories in the comments.

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