American Airlines and Air France have both announced that they will be stepping up flights between France and the US, the day after the European Commission said it will shortly publish a plan on lifting restrictions on travel into Europe from July.
The final say will lie with individual countries, but the EU envisions reopening from July on a country-by-country basis, so it seems likely that countries with low levels of coronavirus will reopen first.
At present only essential travel is allowed into France from outside Europe, and as passenger numbers collapsed airlines grounded their fleets and virtually ceased transatlantic crossings.
Now however, American Airlines has announced the immediate resumption of flights between Paris and Dallas Fort Worth airport.
In a message to customers, American Airlines spokesman Tom Lattig said: ” The resumption of service between Paris Charles de Gaulle and Dallas Fort Worth, our largest hub, is an important step in rebuilding our international connections.
“We are working closely with airports and local authorities to continue to provide a safe service to our passengers.”
Air France has also announced the resumption of one of its suspended transatlantic routes – Paris to San Francisco. This service will resume from July 6th, the airline tweeted.
✈️?? Good news! Beginning July 6 @AirFranceUS flights from @flySFO to @ParisAeroport Charles de Gaulle (CDG) resume on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays! For daily updates and up-to-date information visit https://t.co/paqmMH58Wt #travel #France pic.twitter.com/tPfd125fFu
— French consulate in SF (@FranceinSF) June 10, 2020