Towards the end of the winter season, our network had already been significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This summer, however, we will operate services to around 30 longhaul destinations. This week we increased flight frequency to Johannesburg, Bangkok, Beijing and Shanghai. We will continue to improve services in the coming week, restoring operations to Houston and increasing flight frequency to Bamako, Ouagadougou, Chicago, Toronto, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Our summer network is supported by our regular full-freighter services. From Paris Charles de Gaulle, we operate to Dublin, Djibouti, Nairobi, Antananarivo, Reunion, Chicago and Shanghai. From Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, we offer service to Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Lima, Bogotá, Guatemala, Quito, Miami, Harare, Nairobi, Johannesburg and Cairo.
It is our priority that we are able to repatriate passengers to their home countries. We also need to ensure that medical equipment, facemasks, medicines, foodstuffs and other essential commodities can be efficiently transported. To do so, Air France and the French government have set up an air bridge between Shanghai and Paris. In the Netherlands, a similar initiative was undertaken by the Dutch government, Philips and KLM. Meanwhile, it is essential to ensure that our customers have access to regular and specialised cargo services.
Gertjan Roelands, SVP of Sales & Distribution for Air France KLM Martinair Cargo: “It is essential to be very agile at this time. We are in very close contact with our customers to ensure that we adjust our network and services to their needs. Close cooperation and partnerships are even more essential during this period.”