Air France without Transavia, or Hop! … The low-cost subsidiary of Air France and its regional subsidiary will soon suspend all their flights, as CEO Pierre-Olivier Bandet indicated to his employees in a letter that ‘ La Tribune ‘was able to obtain. A suspension directly linked to the coronavirus pandemic, which has had a heavy impact on the air transport sector.
“Hop! ‘S airline activity will continue to fall sharply and will be suspended entirely by the end of the week. This will also be the case for Transavia France,” wrote the head of the regional branch of the airline. .
Transavia and Hop! join the list of companies that will completely cease their activity. Austrian Airlines (Lufthansa) will suspend all flights from Thursday until the end of March. On the Brussels Airlines side, flights are stopped from March 21 to April 19.
70% to 90% reduction in activity
For the low-cost subsidiary of Air France and its regional subsidiary, no date for resumption of activities was however mentioned in the letter, while the group for its part mentioned a drop in activity “currently scheduled” for a period of at least two months. The Franco-Dutch group plans to reduce its activity from 70% to 90%, due to travel restrictions and the collapse in demand due to the spread of the coronavirus.
In addition, Air France has indicated that it maintains some domestic flights, to the French overseas departments and Africa. The company plans to reduce its long-haul activity by 90% and by 95% for short and medium-haul.
While some countries (Morocco, Algeria, Turkey …) have suspended air links to Europe, the company is currently participating in the repatriation of French people still stranded abroad. Transavia, which has so far made 39 flights to repatriate more than 7,000 people, mainly from Morocco, will operate this Wednesday in Morocco two new rotations from Orly to Agadir and Marrakech, against four Tuesday.
Rotations to Algeria are expected to end before the weekend. “Everyone should have returned from the Maghreb on Friday,” the Civil Aviation Authority, the DGAC, told the ‘Journal du Dimanche’.