Air Madagascar in war against Corsair


AIR. The compagnie nationale malagasy appreciate moderately the competition that makes Corsair on the axis Meeting-Antananarivo. “The link between Antananarivo and Saint-Denis is, since some years, already a huge surplus in terms of seating capacity and did not need an additional” stresses the company in a press release. “However, after a season of operation, the intake of tourists additional to The Meeting are far below the set target of 17 000 tourists. This traffic is fittingly complemented by the traffic from the malagasy market, diverted mainly from Air Madagascar. The filling factor of Air Madagascar fell to 29 % in six months, compared to 53% before.”

Air Madagascar does not hesitate to speak of unfair competition. “Corsair, which has restructured its service to Madagascar by passing these flights Saint-Denis, faced with empty seats after the landing of the passengers at the destination of The Meeting, may practice price dumping, in the hope of gaining market share and takes the risk to give in to unfair competitive practices, in contradiction with the bilateral agreements in force. Continuing to sell tickets on the line Saint-Denis – Antananarivo so that the decision of refusal of the minister of Transport and Meteorology of Madagascar has already been notified, and this without specifying the reference classic “subject to government authorization, the company Corsair shows the consideration of which it is evidence, both vis-à-vis the authorities as the national airline of madagascar. The liberalisation of air is essential. But it must in essence be based on a level playing field to the benefit of passengers and airlines.”

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