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Air France-KLM to increase summer capacity by 1.5 pct
March 9, 2016 / 10:59 AM / 2 years ago

Air France-KLM to increase summer capacity by 1.5 pct

PARIS, March 9 (Reuters) - Air France-KLM said it plans to increase capacity on its services by 1.5 percent this summer, driven by a 15 percent increase on flights operated by its Transavia European budget carrier.

The Franco-Dutch airline said it would offer 0.1 percent more long-haul capacity on its network as it resumes services between Paris and Tehran, increases flights to the United States and China, and launches a new route between the French capital and Astana.

KLM is suspending its summer service to Dallas, meanwhile, because of lower demand in the gas and oil market, Air France-KLM said in a statement on Wednesday.

The medium-haul network will offer 0.7 percent more capacity, with 13 new routes across Europe, while Transavia will add 36 new destinations, Air France-KLM added.

Air France-KLM is cutting labour costs and restructuring its network to better compete with deep-pocketed Gulf airlines and fast-growing European low-cost carriers.

Weak oil prices have reduced the cost of fuel and provided some relief for the carrier, but it has nonetheless warned that pressure on ticket prices from competition could eat into those benefits this year. (Reporting by James Regan; Editing by Andrew Callus)

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