Air France-KLM confirms summer schedule route cuts

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Air France-KLM is cutting its capacity by 3.4% from the start of the summer season, with Aruba, Chennai, Hyderabad and Talin featuring among the group's route cutbacks.

When the summer timetable comes into effect on 29 March, the group will trim 3.4% from both its long-haul and short-haul operations as it attempts to mitigate against the sharp decline in demand.

Air France's total capacity will be reduced by 2.7%, shaving 2.5% from its long-haul and 3.1% from its short-haul operations, while KLM's overall capacity will fall 5%.

The French flag-carrier is to suspend Paris-Chennai services due to heavy losses and, acknowledging the increasing power of domestic high-speed train services, there will be eight fewer frequencies on departures from Paris, mainly Orly.

Air France is also adding a new route between Basel and Amsterdam, and switching its flights to Southampton in the UK to depart from Orly, rather than Charles de Gaulle.

KLM says it will temporarily suspend flights to Aruba, Hyderabad and Tallinn, but it is adding direct flights to Liverpool in the UK and Calgary in Canada.