Air Algérie has announced the allocation of large-size aircraft to accommodate and ensure the movement of 300 passengers who are stranded at the airports following the announcement of Aigle Azur’s bankruptcy and the suspension of its flights due to its financial crisis.
Air Algerie media officer, Amine Andaloussi, told Echorouk on Sunday that Air Algerie is trying by all available means to ensure the movement of passengers who are stranded at airports due to the cancellation of the flights of the French Aigle Azur airline, which is subject to a judicial review process.
“Air Algérie provides discounts of up to 20% for the Aigle Azur’s passengers. Although the current period is not a period of discounts and promotions, the Algerian airline has transported a large number of passengers through the allocation of large-size aircraft with a capacity of 300 passengers, in order to be able to transport its original customers in addition to passengers whose flights were canceled by Aigle Azur”.
“Several demands were sent to the French Aigle Azur to enable Air Algérie services to obtain permission to allocate an aircraft for passengers who are stranded in the line between France and Algeria after the allocation of two planes to Marseille last Wednesday, but we did not receive a response from the French airline. Air Algérie took care of a considerable number of passengers who were stranded for two days, with providing large discounts on airline tickets, a process that will continue until September 20th because it is the period of the return of Algerian expatriates to France.
As for the proposal purchase of Aigle Azur shares and aircraft, the spokesman said that this is premature and should be preceded by an in-depth study of the bankrupt company to determine the size of its debts and the status of its air fleet and users, and after providing all these data, Air Algérie can move to the stage of discussion about the possibility of buying the company to join it to the Algerian airline, especially since it has a large share in the Algerian market.
Previously, there has been a state of emergency and chaos across Algerian airports in recent days because the French airline “Aigle Azur” and without prior notice decided to stop flights across all airports, including Algeria – 60% of its flights to France – permanently because of its difficult economic situation, despite its pledge to compensate passengers, but the sudden closure of its offices and without warning made them confused and could not even know the procedures for changing tickets or recovering their money, which coincided with the return of expatriates to and from Algeria and France and caused even the cancelation of enrollment of their children in schools after the holiday ends.