Air France competition is angering small foreign airlines

Overseas war is declared! Air Caraïbes and Corsair compete against Air France. They accuse the national carrier of leading them into unbridled competition with what they call theirs “square meadow”, her ” Living room “, ie overseas destinations, mainly the West Indies, Réunion and Guyana. This increase in hives has its origins in the large increase in Air France’s capacity on the lines to this area, an increase in performance that allows it to compensate for the large number of long-haul lines that are still closed for health reasons.

Air France, for example, says it has increased its service to Réunion by 50%, with three daily flights instead of the previous two, including one from Roissy – Charles-de-Gaulle airport. “These are enormous capacities, an oversupply”, Concern with the same voice Air Caraïbes and Corsair. In a letter sent around two weeks ago to the Economy, Transport and Overseas Ministers, as well as to the Directorate-General for Civil Aviation (DGAC), the two small companies quantified the “Massive redeployment of Air France capacity on the roads” overseas. According to their calculations, Air Frances effort “represents more than 710,000 excess seats compared to a pre-Covid year, equivalent to three jumbo jets daily”.

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This offensive is disproportionate to the means of the two small rivals. “This forces us to reduce our capacities. We cannot operate as many flights as we would have liked.”, says Marc Rochet, General Manager of Air Caraïbes. Both companies are convinced of this “This strategy [est] financed in part by the use of state aid received by Air France during the crisis”. Since 2020, France and the Netherlands have been more than generous in bailing out Air France-KLM, disbursing a total of €16.65 billion in direct loans, state-guaranteed bank loans and capital increases.

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In its defense, Air France only wants to see it as purely commercial competition. Overseas was one of the areas “More resilient during the crisis, with the gradual recovery of mass transit and leisure travel (…). “Sanctuary destinations” when many travel restrictions limit international travel »assures her World. According to the company, it is only “In order to meet this demand, Air France, like its competitors, has gradually expanded its offer, using aircraft on these routes that normally fly to other destinations, particularly Asia.”. These explanations do not satisfy Pascal de Izaguirre, CEO of Corsair.

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Kaddouri Ismail

I am Ismail from Morocco, I work as a blogger and online marketer. I am also the founder of the “Mofid” site, in which I constantly publish many important articles in the field of technology, taking advantage of more than 5 years of experience working in the field. I focus on publishing in a group of areas, the most important of which are programming, e-marketing, digital currencies and freelance work.

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