Air France has published a series of stats around increasing travel demand, including positive trends for business travel, luxury destinations and the carrier’s premium economy product.

The airline said that business travel was “progressively returning to pre-Covid levels”, with demand up 318 per cent since the start of the year, and peaking on April 6.

Air France also reported a 74 per cent increase in demand for its premium economy seating since the start of 2022, as well as a 204 per cent increase in demand for luxury long-haul destinations including Mauritius, Saint Martin, Dubai, Thailand and Cancun.

In recent months the carrier has been touting a move “upmarket”, with the launch of a new long-haul business class seat with sliding door, and work progressing on a brand newfirst class seat which it says “will be the longest on the market and will offer up to three modular configurations that can be fully privatized for an even more exceptional journey”.

Air France developing “longest first class cabin on the market”

Commenting on the data Fahmi Mahjoub, general Manager United Kingdom and Ireland at Air France-KLM, said:

“We couldn’t be more excited to see passengers returning to air travel – for both business and leisure.

“It’s encouraging to see just how much people want to explore both close and far-flung destinations around the world, and in more comfort than ever before thanks to our services on Air France.

“People’s interest of travelling in comfort did not go unnoticed, and because of that, Air France is committed to offering a service that caters to that.”