Air France plans to reduce capacity on its short-haul routes. No specific routes were named as part of the reduction but a statement from the airline says its short-haul capacity in terms of available seat-km will be reduced by 15% by the end of 2021.

Air France’s domestic network has been affected by competition from high-speed trains, which have increased their capacity, reduced journey times and developed a competitive low-cost offer that has led to Air France losing 90% of its market share.

The situation has been exacerbated by the growth of low-cost airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair, which Air France says have “set up bases at major airports and have gained ground rapidly with aggressive pricing policies and often with the help of public authorities”.

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