• Tuesday, July 23, 2024
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Air France-KLM unveils plans for Africa, other destinations

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Air France-KLM management said it is working hard to meet its target in two years just as it said Nigeria is a very strategic market for the airlines.

The management, which said it has great plans to be closer to its loyal customers in Nigeria and other destinations, disclosed that the carrier would do more to satisfy its customers despite the challenge of financial difficulties it faced last year.

Christian Herpin, the airline’s general manager, made the disclosure in an interactive session with journalists in Lagos recently.

Herpin, who was in company of Cosmando Byarugaba, the airline’s commercial director (Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone), disclosed that the Charles De Gaulle Airport, Paris was the key to its success, coupled with its first class lounge, which he said they are very proud of.

The membership of the Sky Team Alliance, he noted, places the airline in pole position as the first choice airline to Europe and other destinations from Nigeria, hinting that Air France-KLM enjoys partnership with six other members in the country.

Herpin said Nigeria is a very strategic market for the airline, stressing that major airlines in Europe are now concentrating their operations on long haul services in Africa, Asia and Middle East.

“Despite the high cost of fuel hitting us in Europe, we increased our seat capacity by eight percent. That means, African market is growing and developing. Many investors are coming to invest. We don’t have this figure anywhere in the world except in China.”

Herpin said the airline’s load factor to Abuja and Port Harcourt has recorded a resounding success.

“Air France resumed operations to Port Harcourt and Abuja April last year and the load factor has been incredible. On KLM side, we just started our brand new World Business Class cabin with full flat seats, wide screen, beverages onboard with fantastic meals. Schipol Airport has always been top of the class for transit passengers.