Air France says that it expects to be operating 90 per cent of capacity to and from the US (compared to 2019 levels) by March next year.

The forecast follows the recent announcement of the planned easing of restrictions on incoming travel to the US.

The carrier serves 11 US destinations (New York JFK, Boston, Washington DC, Detroit, Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Houston, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles), and said it would add frequencies on key routes including New York, Miami and LA, as well as using larger aircraft to increase capacity.

The news is part of planned increases in capacity across Air France’s network this winter, with up to 182 destinations being served – 87 long-haul and 95 short-haul.

The airline is adding new routes from Paris CDG to Zanzibar, Muscat, Colombo and Banjul, as well as resuming flights to Fortaleza, Mahe, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Port-Louis and Seattle for the first time since the onset of Covid-19.

There will also be a new daily service from Paris Orly to Berlin, adding to existing flights to the German capital from Paris CDG.

Air France also highlighted the entry into service of its first A220 aircraft, described as “the new jewel in the airline’s short and medium-haul fleet”.

From from October 31 the aircraft will fly from Paris CDG to Berlin, Barcelona, Madrid, Milan-Linate and Venice, followed by services to Bologna, Rome, Lisbon and Copenhagen later in the season.

Air France takes delivery of its first A220-300

Air France customers with tickets for travel up until March 31, 2022 can change their reservation free of charge, or request a refundable credit voucher if they no longer wish to travel.