AF/KLM group lacks dedicated LCC in Northern Europe
There are no dedicated low-cost companies in Northern Europe in the AF / KLM airline group. The airline lacks this today, while Air Berlin has been bought by Arab money. Most recently, the KLM subsidiary Transavia was present in Scandinavia, but it had to withdraw with heavy losses and a very bad image.
Alexandre de Juniac, CEO for the entire group, told TTGNordic.com: “It’s probably a good idea if Norwegian could feed into our long-haul lines, both in Amsterdam and Paris, but as yet we have not asked them. We lose money in Europe, but make money on the intercontinental routes. Therefore, other possibilities than having to fly all the feeder lines will be obvious.”
Alexandre de Juniac was present at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport to inform about AF and the airport’s overall efforts to make the CDG the best hub airport in Europe. Today it is third, after Heathrow and Frankfurt.
AF has even more benefits to offer its passengers. Among other things, AF is rescheduling the Nordic and Baltic feeder traffic, so that it lands in terminal 2F just a short distance from Terminal 2E, which all AF long-haul flights will take off from later this year.
Alexandre de Juniac: “Meanwhile, a new French law has made it possible for all our Nordic and Baltic passengers to no longer have to go through a time-consuming security check between arriving from within Schengen and checking in on AF French long-haul. It would mean a very short transfer time, which is crucial for a hub.”
The new satellite in terminal 2E can take up to 7.8 million pax per year. It will also be able to accommodate not less than seven Airbus A380s by a gate. The new satellite will be used only by AF and other SkyTeam partners, who in 2011 represented more than 60% of passengers at CDG.
[pictured: AF CEO Alexandre de Juniac with airline country manager in Denmark Vincent Audusseau]