Here’s this week’s airline news

Air Algerie, Algiers Airport, Transavia: here's this week's air news

An Air Algérie plane / Photo by Marcus Menka / Adobe Stock for VVA – Visas & Travels

Traveling to Algeria during the summer season gives a special dynamic experience. Most Algerians abroad, especially in France, are already starting to prepare for their summer holiday trips to the country.

In the period before the high season there is a special dynamism within the airlines, which are preparing to meet the high summer demand. Here is the important Hawaii news from the first week of April.

Air Algérie at the center of severe criticism due to ticket prices

This week was marked by surprising revelations from MP Abdelouhab Yagouabi air algerie ticket prices, The MP underlined that the cost price of a passenger’s journey between Paris and Algiers is only 80 dollars or the equivalent of 70 euros.

With current prices, around €700, he estimates that the profit margin of the national company and even its competitors is just that. “Indecent”.

Air Algerie has strengthened its fleet by leasing a new aircraft

To meet the high demand during peak periods, especially in summer and during the Hajj season, Air Algérie launched an aircraft charter scheme last January. Last Saturday, March 30, the company received its third aircraft at Algiers Airport.

It is an Airbus 330-223 leased from High Fly Malta, a subsidiary of Lisbon-based airline High Fly, which specializes in chartering aircraft on medium and long-term contracts. This aircraft is 15 years old and can seat 210 to 250 passengers.

Aircraft maintenance: Air Algerie launches an international consultation

In parallel with aircraft leasing, the national airline also intends to relaunch its maintenance and repair division. In this regard, an international consultation has been launched for repair and maintenance of its equipment.

“Air Algérie, Aircraft Maintenance and Repair Division, launches a consultation for the pre-selection of candidates to establish a short list for the repair of aeronautical equipment”We read in the announcement published by the company.

Algiers Airport starts testing automated check-in terminals

Regarding travel to Algeria, Algiers Airport continues its commitments as part of the modernization of its services. This Wednesday, April 3, SGSIA CEO Mokhtar Saeed Medioni announced the start of testing on automated check-in terminals.

Algiers Airport intends to launch this service on domestic flights as a first phase, then generalize it to international flights. According to him, automated baggage check-in terminals are also on the programme.

Speaker aims to deploy these devices in large hotels to allow passengers to collect their boarding passes and check their luggage before even arriving at the airport.

Transavia this summer in “Algeria’s reinforcement”.

After announcing an additional flight from Toulon to Algiers next summer, the French low-cost carrier, Transavia, has also announced the strengthening of its offer to Algeria from Lyon airport.

“This summer there will be additional flights to Algeria, where there is great demand”The Deputy General Director of Sales and Marketing of Transavia was announced during the presentation of the company’s summer proposal from Lyon on Wednesday 3 April.

Transavia makes cabin baggage chargeable

Transavia’s new luggage policy, is making paid cabin luggage, came into effect this Wednesday, April 3. From now on, the company’s basic fare air tickets only include a small piece of hand luggage free of charge to be placed under the seat.

To add 10 kg of cabin baggage, the passenger will have to pay from 15 euros. Otherwise, he will have to buy a more expensive option, namely Plus fare (one piece of checked luggage) or Maximum fare (one piece of cabin luggage weighing 10 kg and one piece of checked luggage weighing 20 kg).

Additionally, Transavia indicates that passengers who purchased their plane tickets before April 3 will not be affected by this new policy, regardless of their travel date.

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