On September 7, Air Algérie launched a vast promotional campaign for flights connecting – via Algiers – the French cities of Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Paris and Nice to Abidjan, Bamako, Dakar, Niamey, Nouakchott and Ouagadougou. Flights announced “from 449 euros” (for a round trip Toulouse-Dakar for example).
A campaign that closely follows the announcement of the increase in the number of flights between Algeria et France, with 79 new weekly frequencies (to which are added 3 frequencies devolved to its compatriot Tassili Airlines), made by the Algerian Ministry of Transport at the end of the Council of Ministers on August 28.
“These new flights are starting to appear on our schedules and will be fully operational by the beginning of October”, explains to Young Africa Amine Andaloussi, spokesperson for Air Algerie.
If this increase in the volume of flights decided by the government is heavy with meaning from a political point of view – it comes the day after Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Algeria – its timing raises a few more questions on the economic side. Indeed, the summer season ending, most airlines tend to reduce the airfoil.
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“That is why we are turning to Africa, it y There is a market there to exploit”, answers Amine Andaloussi, who recalls that “the repositioning of the company towards Africa is a strong requirement of the Head of State”.
Sixth Freedom of the Air
It is moreover “for the opening of new routes, in particular to African and Asian countries”, that Abdelmadjid Tebboune gave the green light on May 8 to the acquisition of 15 new planes by the national company, a project “which is progressing” but of which Amine Andaloussi refuses for the moment to reveal the slightest detail.
“Positioning Algiers as a hub for Africa makes sense geographically,” insists the Air Algérie spokesperson, who specifies that positioning itself as a hub constitutes what is called the sixth freedom of the air. “It is a right for all countries affiliated to the Civil Aviation Organization internationale (ICAO.) »