Starting in November 2022, a direct flight will link Paris Orly Airport three times a week to Cotonou International Airport in Benin. The announcement was made on June 23 by the Beninese government, and was confirmed to Young Africa by the company.
If Corsair refuses for the moment to communicate on the precise terms of this agreement, everything suggests that the company was given the traffic rights of Benin, the country which does not have a national company, in order to counter Air France without competition to date on the Paris-Cotonou, which it operates three times a year. week on French traffic rights.
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The ambition displayed by the government is “to make it possible to democratize the service of our country in order to offer the populations the possibility of traveling at a reduced cost at all times” and “to create from now on the conditions of effective air connectivity for a influx to the Benin destination, taking into account the massive investments made in the tourism sector”.
Lower the prices
“In Dakar as in Abidjan, our arrival on the markets where Air France was in a monopoly situation has always lowered fares considerably, and therefore caused demand to explode”, explained Pascal de Izaguirre, met by Young Africa at the end of May. Currently, the direct flight is displayed at Air France at just over 1,000 euros for a round trip booked a month in advance.
It remains to be seen whether, with a population of just over 12 million inhabitants in 2020 according to the World Bank, Benin can present a large enough pool of demand to double current capacities and fill the Airbus A330s, the only aircraft operated. by Corsair, and their nearly 300 seats three times a week, against Air France which also puts A330s between Paris Charles-de-Gaulle (Roissy) et Cotonou.