Last March, the Algerian authorities announced a new program for Air Algérie with nearly 108 additional international flights to Beijing, Milan, London, Brussels, Paris, Geneva and Dubai. Insufficient, it seems, to meet the ever-increasing demands of the high season.
In a press release dated August 10, the Algerian Ministry of Transport announced a complementary program to multiple international destinations. Objective: to vary the services and to reinforce, in the immediate future, the calendar of air transport of passengers during the summer of 2022, “in application of the instruction of the President of the Republic”.
Air Algérie: the puzzle of the new flight program
On the program, around thirty additional flights on the European, African and MENA networks. Of the 34 scheduled flights, fourteen additional weeklies have been announced to Tunis and Istanbul (at the rate of seven weeklies to each of these two destinations), not to mention the reopening of connections between Constantine, Annaba, Oran and Istanbul, at a rate of two weekly flights for each air service.
If no additional flight has been scheduled in the direction of France, Belgium or Italy, the new program of the Algerian authorities concerns Germany, Portugal and Austria. Suspended for about two and a half years, due to the health crisis, the Algiers-Vienna connection will be reactivated, as in Algiers-Lisbon, with a total of two weekly flights for each connection.
Abidjan, Ouagadougou, Bamako, Libreville will also be served again with a weekly connection for each destination, against two flights to Niamey. Air Algérie will also provide an additional flight to Dakar to bring the total to three services per week.
Air Algérie: with the green light from Tebboune, the company resumes hope
Between the first announcement, that of March 2022, having cost the former Minister of Transport, Aïssa Bekkai, his post in the government, and the complementary program of this summer, a new CEO was inducted, on June 18, at the head of the Algerian airline. Appointed by Abdallah Moundji, the new Minister of Transport, Yacine Benslimane can also count on the support of Abdelmadjid Tebboune to give wings to Air Algérie.
After giving the green light for the renewal of the national company’s fleet with the announced purchase of 15 new planes, the Algerian president aims to launch new routes. Airlines to South Africa, Ethiopia (Addis Ababa) and the Republic of Congo could see the jour.