The company assures in a press release published Monday that it has proposed a “historic” offer to connect Corsica to mainland France between June and August.
The Spanish Volotea, the first low-cost airline to have applied for the air public service delegation (DSP) between Corsica and mainland France, raising concerns about employment, announces that it wants to open a base in the island. The company, of which France is the main market with 740 direct jobs, assures in a press release published Monday that it has proposed an offer “historical» to connect Corsica to mainland France between June and August, with “450,000 seats”, up +16% compared to 2019, and “more than 2700 flights with a occupancy rate of 95%».
«Building on its good performance, Volotea plans to soon open its first base there», Indicates the company which offers nine destinations from the four Corsican airports: Bordeaux, Brest, Caen, Lille, Lyon, Montpellier, Nantes, Strasbourg and Toulouse. “We have significantly improved Corsica’s connectivity» et «our candidacy for the DSP is a new step in our commitment to Corsica“, assures the CEO and founder of the company, Carlos Muñoz in this press release.
This application for the 2024-2027 air DSP has aroused shock and concern on the island. The company, which already operates a DSP between Tarbes-Lourdes and Paris-Orly, applied for the Paris-Orly and Marseille lines from Ajaccio and Bastia, requesting financial compensation of 50 million euros compared to 96 million for Air Corsica-Air France, which were the only companies applying for this DSP since 1998, a source close to the matter told AFP. A DSP won by Volotea would raise fears about the very survival of Air Corsica, created in 1989 by the Corsican Assembly and of which the Corsican Community is the majority shareholder, with 66.8% of the capital, and its 770 jobs. “If the company were to be selected to serve new routes in Corsica, it is firmly committed to facilitating the creation of jobs at the local level.», tries to reassure the Spanish company.
The Corsican Assembly must award this DSP in November, which begins on January 1, 2024 and represented between 90 and 95 million euros per year in public aid for the current DSP. Volotea is also one of the 17 airlines targeted by a complaint from 23 associations from 19 countries which accuse them of greenwashing and “deceptive business practices».
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