The French flag carrier Air France, of the Air France-KLM Group, has unveiled Accra as its newest destination, thereby “expanding on one of the most important markets on the African continent for traffic to and from Europe and North America”.
In a short speech during the unveiling ceremony at the Holiday Inn hotel in Accra on 3rd November 2016, His Excellency Mr François Pujolas, Ambassador of France, noted with much elation that the auspicious development was a recognition of the buoyancy of Ghana as a worthy business destination, as well as an indicator of the healthy relations between the two countries. On their parts, Mr Dick van Nieuwenhuyzen, Regional Manager, Air France – KLM, and Mr Jean-Raoul Tauzin, Country Manager, Air France – KLM Ghana, explained the financial rationale behind the move and gave an overview of Air France flight schedule in respect of the Accra destination. So, starting 28th February 2017, Air France will offer three (3) weekly flights to Accra from Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport.
“These three weekly flights will strengthen Air France’s presence in Africa as well as the Air France-KLM Group’s presence, as KLM already flies daily from Amsterdam to Accra. With this new service, we will provide Air France customers with even more connecting opportunities at Paris-Charles de Gaulle, both to and from Europe and North America”, Mr Tauzin expounded, emphasising that Air France and KLM are not in competition in Ghana or anywhere else, they have “complementary roles”. Flights will be operated by Airbus A330 with a capacity of 208 seats until 27 March 2017, then by Boeing 777-200 with 312 seats and equipped with the latest new Air France travel cabins for the entire summer season. Thurs, from 28th February to 27th March 2017, flight no. AF780 will be leaving Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 13:30 (Paris time) and will be arriving at Accra International Airport at 19:05 (Accra time) the same day; flight no. AF731 will be leaving Accra international airport at 22:25 (Accra time) for arrival scheduled at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 6:00 (Paris time) the following day. From 28th March 2017, flight no. AF780 will leave Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 15:30 (Paris time) and arrive at Accra international airport at 19:50 (Accra time) the same day; flight no. AF731 will leave Accra international airport at 23:40 (Accra time) for arrival scheduled at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 8:00 (Paris time) the following day.
Air France flights will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The company promises customers on its African routes tailor-made services as soon as they arrive at the airport, as well as the excellence of French in-flight service. Air France boasts dedicated airport staff. A team of experts from the African continent is present on all flights to and from Africa, where they provide commercial assistance to passengers, taking into account the geopolitical, commercial, regulatory and cultural characteristics of each country. To make passenger handling easier, Air France has multicultural teams familiar with the specific expectations of its international customers. On a daily basis, they welcome close to 5,000 passengers, helping them with check-in and with their connections between flights.
Air France announces special services for families and young travellers. At Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Europe’s largest lounge specifically accommodates young travellers in transit: an area spanning over 200m² is equipped with Sharp flat-screen televisions and Sony PlayStation for older children, manual activities for younger children, and a wide range of games and activities to suit all ages (baby food, board games, magazines, etc). Children from the age of 2 can become members of the Flying Blue Jeune Frequent flyer program.
Paris-Charles de Gaulle hub makes for quick an easy connections. At Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Air France customers benefit from quick and easy connecting channels in modern buildings. All international flights are grouped together in terminal 2E. Terminal 2F is exclusively dedicated to European (Schengen) Flights operated by Air France and its SkyTeam alliance partner airlines. By grouping together Air France operations to the east of the airport, connecting flights have been made shorter and simpler, allowing customers to save up to 10 minutes when connecting between two flights. A 3,000 m2 Lounge at Paris-Charles de Gaulle. Around the world, Air France customers travelling in Business class have access to over 500 Business lounges, including 40 Air France lounges, offering a wide range of services in a calm and welcoming environment, always from the bustle of the airport. At Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Air France Business customers have access to six lounges on departure of their flight (Terminal 2E, 2F and 2G) and one arrivals lounge (Terminal 2C).
The largest Business class lounge on its network is situated in the boarding satellite Hall M of Terminal 2E. Spanning over 3,000m² and dedicated to customers’ well-being, this new lounge, designed by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrence, allows passengers to make the most of their time prior to take-off or between flights.
A Clarins beauty care and massage service and shower facilities invite passengers to relax before boarding and Wi-Fi access, touch screens and self-service computers allow passengers to work in peace.
For more details or to make a booking, log onto www.airfrance.fr, or contact your Air France-KLM ticket office or local travel agent.