As a press organization, TravelGuys is certainly no longer invited to events organized by Air France, especially after a few hard-hitting (but true) articles on the national airline.
However, we continue to receive press releases and one of them caught our attention: Air France decides to open an Orly-Geneva route with a weekly frequency.
Yes, only one flight per week… We might as well say that with such a route (which makes sense because Orly is much closer to Paris) but such a low frequency, the national airline is not likely to create a clientele, even with the hypothetical connections to the mainland (possible from CDG) or to the DOM-TOM.
But why such a low frequency, when these connections are daily?
The answer is simple: with the reduction of frequencies on its domestic routes, Air France risks not using all its take-off/landing slots at Orly, and prefers to fill the holes, even if it means making a lossto prevent Paris Airport from assigning them to its competitors, notably EasyJet and the airlines of the IAG group.
How to do otherwise?
It would have been possible to do better. As I said earlier, the line makes sense, especially for business customers who can reach La Défense or other business districts south of Paris from Orly much more easily!
I am sure that some lines have important frequencies from Orly, and for which a slight reduction of frequency would have a rather positive impact. In particular, certain La Navette lines such as Bordeaux and Marseille are facing stiff competition from rail.
A twice-daily route, with a morning and an evening flight, would make much more sense… Let’s see if the airline changes its mind!