Any AF flight schedule cuts/reductions?

Old Mar 10, 2020, 12:25 am
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Any AF flight schedule cuts/reductions?

We are currently traveling in Europe (not in areas that have been greatly impacted by covid-19 as of yet). Our return flights back to the USA (in about a week from now) go through CDG, then onward to SEA, award tickets on AF in J.

Iím not fearful and not making any changes to our plans. My only concern is if AF reduces their schedule or starts canceling flights (specifically our flights home). I know that with current virus concerns, demand for air travel is down (significantly), and some airlines have reduced their schedules (and not just canceling service to China or Italy). My question is: has Air France reduced frequencies or canceled flights?

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Old Mar 10, 2020, 12:40 am
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of course they have ! Most of the cancelled and frequency reductions have been to Asia, Italy and Israel so far. But more will come for sure.
US flights have not been affected so far. If your flight was cancelled, you will be rebooked for free, do not worry about this.
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Old Mar 10, 2020, 12:41 am
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They plan do reduce their flight plan by about 25%, but it seems this is majorly for the short haul traffic in Europe:

2. Flight schedule to and from Europe:

We are monitoring the situation in real time and adapt our flight schedule in line with demand: we reduce our capacities by 25% in March across our European network.
We reduce our capacities to Italy by 50% while maintaining our flights to all our destinations in Italy.

Otherwise, there are only reductions to Asia and Israel - nothing specific to the US yet.

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https://www.airfrance.de/DE/de/commo...441.1583647258
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Old Mar 10, 2020, 2:41 am
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As you know quite well, Seattle is an epicenter of the coronavirus. It is likely that DL and AF will consolidate their frequency as the loads are very light.
I suggest that you regularly check if your flight is still operating and what options are available if cancelled.
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Old Mar 10, 2020, 3:06 am
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Every airline on the planet has cancelled flights and trimmed their schedules...
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Old Mar 10, 2020, 8:41 am
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I know for a fact that CDG-IAH (and back) has been cancelled today, and people are rebooked through other routing. Wouldn’t surprise me that this is because of low loads. Reportedly the load was very low in the past days.
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Old Mar 10, 2020, 9:52 am
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Do you have a connecting flight to CDG in your itinerary, such as xx-CDG-SEA?
If so, you may want to check that it will be operating.
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Old Mar 10, 2020, 12:08 pm
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Quite interestingly, my JFK-ORY in two weeks from now has also been cancelled, and I have been rebooked to CDG instead. So yes, US flights are affected as well..

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Old Mar 10, 2020, 12:11 pm
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Originally Posted by mikem004
Do you have a connecting flight to CDG in your itinerary, such as xx-CDG-SEA?
If so, you may want to check that it will be operating.
Thanks all. Yes, we are scheduled to return from IST late next week: IST - CDG - SEA, all on AF.

We are in Turkey right now. Our outbound AF flights last week (both SEA-CDG, and CDG-IST) were pretty full (to my surprise). Turkey has been the odd man out, with zero reported cases of COVID-19 to date (of course, that may or may not reflect the reality on the ground, and even if it does, itís just a matter of time before it appears here). That said, it seems that tourism is down here too, though not as dramatically as elsewhere. Itís a bit ironic, folks back home in Seattle tell us we are so brave to be traveling, but I figure we are probably safer here than at home.

I will be watching my email for any notifications from Air France (hopefully they are being proactive about schedule changes - but I will try to monitor flight status manually as we get closer to our flight date).
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Old Mar 10, 2020, 12:26 pm
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Originally Posted by nwflyboy
I will be watching my email for any notifications from Air France (hopefully they are being proactive about schedule changes - but I will try to monitor flight status manually as we get closer to our flight date).
I can confirm from my own experience they are very proactive with schedule changes. Today I got automatically rebooked after schedule changes, then called them to modify because I didn’t like the flights they rebooked me on. All at no additional cost.
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JOUY31 , shouldn’t this go to the AF forum?
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Old Mar 10, 2020, 2:35 pm
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"Air France-KLM said that Air France expects to cancel 3,600 flights in March, reducing long-haul capacity by 13% from its initial schedule, with KLM also expecting a reduction on long-haul operations at a similar level.Air France also expects to reduce capacity by 25% in its European network and 17% in its domestic network."

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Old Mar 10, 2020, 4:07 pm
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Originally Posted by nwflyboy
It’s a bit ironic, folks back home in Seattle tell us we are so brave to be traveling, but I figure we are probably safer here than at home.
I will not ceased to be extremely surprised about the reaction of most people that are in total panic when it comes to travel. They don't realize that the risk could be the same or higher at home. Airlines are reporting massive cancellations also for the summer, while there is no reason to cancel a summer booking now. We can thank the media for this, as well as all the companies who totally forbid business trips in all regions without valid reasons (instead of forbidding only in selective countries/regions).
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Old Mar 11, 2020, 12:27 pm
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Well, we got the cancelation email today - looks like it was sent out exactly one week ahead of the scheduled departure (in case it helps others, it appears the timing was quite specific, and it looks like they are canceling exactly 1 week in advance of departure times).

Email says our CDG-SEA flight is canceled (the first leg IST-CDG appears still intact). Nothing is rebooked yet (email says theyíll get to that ASAP). Thereís one nonstop (AF/DL codeshare) that Iíd like to be rebooked on (rather than one of many routings with multiple connections) but it seems we are at their mercy for rebooking. It appears I canít rebook or select the rebooked flight online (have tried many ways, but weíre limited to phones and an iPad, no laptop/computer here), via browsers or the AF mobile app; that seems broken or not available. Evidently we have to call, which is problematic (we have SIMs but our plan doesnít allow international calls, so we canít call the US or French CS numbers). Our hotel was kind enough to try calling the AF Turkey office (presumably in Istanbul) using their phone, but we just were left on hold until after that officeís closing time. I will try that again in the morning but so far it has been frustrating.
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