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Air France To Expand African Operations

French national carrier to capitalize on Sabena's downfall...

Air France have said that their summer timetable will freeze overall capacity while adding seats on routes to Africa, where the European third largest airline plans to increase market share after the collapse of the one time rival Sabena.
Air France will cut intercontinental capacity by 0.3 percent and trans-Atlantic capacity by 14 percent from April 1 as demand for US travel remains lower after the September attacks. Seating on African routes will rise 69 percent, it said at a press briefing.
The French carrier said it ?will maintain the same capacity as last summer in terms of available seat kilometers.? European competitors ?have all reduced capacity compared with last year,? it said.
Airlines are redrawing their networks to target more profitable routes after trans Atlantic travel fell by a third following the US attacks. Air France, already the number one airline flying to Western Africa, is aiming to expand on the continent after the November bankruptcy of Belgium's Sabena, which had more African services than some bigger rivals.

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