On the occasion of the end of the “travel ban” in early November, airlines are stepping up their services across the Atlantic. Destinations, frequency, rates and cancellation conditions, everything you need to know before booking your ticket.
Did you miss America? Good news, European travelers will be able to travel to the United States again in early November provided they are fully vaccinated and present a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours before departure, the White House announced on Monday. Tourists will be able to rediscover the effervescence of New York or the beauty of national parks. A relief also for the historic European airlines like Air France, very present on the transatlantic axis. Some of them have already announced increased frequencies and the reopening of links this winter. Le Figaro takes stock of four of them, all of which offer direct flights.
Air France, the essential
This winter, Air France will serve 11 destinations from Paris-Charles de Gaulle including New York, Boston, Washington DC, Detroit, Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Note a novelty: the reopening of the link with Seattle, suspended since the start of the health crisis. “We are in a leading position on transatlantic routes, it is our most important market, underlines Benjamin Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM, in an interview with AFP. 40% of our turnover comes from North Atlantic routes. We’ve been waiting for this for over a year and a half, so [la réouverture des frontières américaines, NDLR] is great news for our industry, and in particular for our customers.While the group provided 64 daily flights over the Atlantic in 2019, it had to reduce these rotations by 75 to 80%.
What if we have to cancel? As a reminder, Air France tickets remain 100% refundable and modifiable for trips scheduled until March 31, 2022.
What is the minimum fare for a Paris-New York in November? From € 216 for a return flight, departure Monday, November 8, 2021, return Sunday, November 14, 2021.
French bee, low cost mais long-courrier
With more than a year late due to the Covid-19 pandemic, French bee, a low-cost subsidiary of Air Caraïbes, has been serving Newark Liberty International Airport in New York since July 2021 on departure from Paris-Orly. Three direct A350-900 flights are offered per week and one “frequency increase is planned from December», Specifies the company. French bee shares its codes on this line with Air Caraïbes, and faces competition from Air France, La Compagnie, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines (all Paris and New York airports combined). Its connection with San Francisco, currently suspended, will resume on November 2 with two weekly round trips.
What if we have to cancel? All tickets are 100% exchangeable and refundable for travel up to March 31, 2022, provided you request it no later than 7 days before the original departure date.
What is the minimum fare for a Paris-New York in November? From € 368.36 for a return flight, departure Monday, November 8, 2021, return Monday, November 15, 2021.
La Compagnie, for a 100% relaxed flight
The Company, a specialist in business class flights to New York whose planes have 76 seats that can recline into flat beds – against more than 200 for the two-class A321s -, is already at 4 to 5 flights per week on departure from Paris Orly. ” We will be offering an extended daily program from November, but do not have more details at this time.», Announces the airline. The French airline also offers up to five flights per week between Nice-Côte d’Azur and Newark-Liberty airport, via Orly.
What if we have to cancel? Tickets can be changed free of charge up to 24 hours before departure, but are non-refundable.
What is the minimum fare for a Paris-New York in November? € 2,085.38 for a return flight, departure on Monday November 8, 2021, return Sunday November 14, 2021.
Delta Air Lines, vaccinated and American
The American company operates direct and regular flights to 9 destinations from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, including Atlanta with an average of 14 flights operated per week with Airbus A330-300 and Airbus A350-900. Delta Air Lines also has several scheduled flights per week to New York, Boston or Detroit with staff 100% vaccinated against Covid-19, or almost … In fact, from November 1, 2021, the partner company of the SkyTeam alliance will penalize its employees who are not vaccinated by making them pay a surcharge of 200 dollars per month on their health insurance, announced Ed Bastian, the CEO of the company for whom vaccination is the most effective tool for ” ensure the safety and health of our population “. Enough to travel in complete safety.
What if we have to cancel? Delta is not a European airline company but it respects European law (EC regulation 261) for flights departing from an airport located in the Schengen zone. Thus, you have the possibility, not to cancel, but to change the date, time or location of your trip free of charge up to 24 hours before departure. Sometimes the new flight can cost more than the one originally booked. In this case, you have to pay the difference.
What is the minimum fare for a Paris-New York in November? From € 390.90 for a return flight, departure on Monday November 8, 2021, return Sunday November 14, 2021.