While the global Lebanese market was showing a 13% growth during the first 3 months of 2006 and + 18% during the second trimester, Air France posted a turnover increased by 54% and 36% during the same periods.
AF market share increased by 12% during the first trimester and 14 % during the second one.
Then, following the Israeli agression in July, everything stopped.
AF resumed the flights to BEY after 56 days of interruption on September 8th, with 5 x Weekly flights. The program went back to normal starting October 1st with a Daily B773ER (in addition to the 2 MEA's daily flights, operated in codeshare). The AF Crew is even staying again in Beirut during the 24 hours layover.
Despite all the difficulties, and a Lebanese market drop of 24%, AF's load factor reached 77% in september, with a progression of 3%
the load factor for October should be even higher, despite a slower activity due to the Ramadan.
The reservations rate for November and Decembre is also very encouraging, and despite a drop of 24% of the annual turnover of the line CDG-BEY-CDG, AF plans to achieve its annual goal of benefits for the line.
Following the pull out of KLM from BEY, AF & MEA had planned to introduce a 4th Daily flight to CDG, operated by AF, and a new organization of the schedule.
This plan is, for the moment, suspended.
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