Air France has announced it is resuming flights between Bucharest and Paris (Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris and Bucharest’s Henri Coanda Airport) starting on June 3, after an almost 2-month break prompted by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The flights will be operated under extended hygiene circumstances during the check-in, embarking, flight and landing.
There will be only one flight per week for the beginning, but the frequency of the flights will gradually increase to three, five a week and there will be daily flights as of June 22.
The flight schedule can suffer amendments depending on the authorities’ decisions, on the Romanian passengers’ needs and of the cabin factor.
Air France intends to resume all its flights step by step by the end of June, subject to travel restrictions lift. In June, the French airline plans to operate 15% of the flights normally operated at this time of the year.
“The sudden halt of the flights, the closing of borders and imposing unprecedented social distancing measures have forced the entire airline industry to adapt to a completely different operating environment. We are happy that after about two months we can resume flights to our hub in Paris. We have two months when we re-designed our operating flight mode, particularly on the sanitation part, so we can say that flights are now operated under maximum safety circumstances for passengers,” said Alexandru Dobrescu, Country Manager Air France KLM Romania and Bulgaria.
Facemasks mandatory at he airport and on board
Passengers are compelled to wear facemasks at the airport and also while aboard, while travelers’ temperature will be checked at the gate.
Air France recommends passengers to come at the airport three hours before the take off, to have time for all check-in and boarding procedures.
There will be 6 tents for the check-in and thermal scan on Henri Coanda airport and only 12 gates will be used for boarding to keep up with the social distancing rules.
Increased social distancing and sanitation measures
Social distancing will be enforced on board where it is possible. If the cabin factor is low, as much distance as possible will be enabled around the passenger, by keeping empty seats.
The planes will be cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis, including the armrests, tables and screens.
To limit the contact between the cabin crew and the passengers, meal and drinks services are suspended during domestic flights or short flights across Europe.
For the long flights, the cabin crew service is also limited, with only individually packed products to be used.
Moreover, France’s flag carrier announces that air in the cabin is renewed every three minutes, while the air recycling system on board Air France aircraft is equipped with “high efficiency air filters” or HEPA filters, similar to those in the operating rooms in the hospitals.