Air Transport World

Confronting the French Aeroflot. (Air France)

Paris-Commercial aviation in France has entered a period of deep change as a result of Air France's purchase of UTA-A move that gave birth to a group containing three scheduled carriers, three charter subsidiaries and a wide range of other affiliates (ATW, 4/90, 11/90).

"A real French Aeroflot," was the comment by Jacques Maillot, CEO of Nouvelles Frontieres, one of the country's leading tour operators.

However, this new giant is not going unchallenged. It is up against increased competition as the liberalization urged by the European Commission is accepted

in Paris.Nine French private airlines, most of them charter operators, have asked for scheduled traffic rights, and licenses are being handed to them freely. Minerve, controlled by Club Med, has received six slots a day from Orly on the Paris-Nice trunk rout, plus NiceLondon and Paris-Barcelona licenses, while Air Liberte-also Club Med-owned-has received Paris-Rome and Paris-Montreal. …

Log in to your account to read this article – and millions more.