HAVANA, 29 Nov. Corsair International and XL Airways are implementing codesharing on their routes between Paris and three Cuban destinations, Havana, Santa Clara and Varadero.
A rapprochement that follows, according to the two French companies, “a very significant decline in commitments of their sales” on the start of the season Winter 2017/2018.
After hurricane Irma, Corsair and XL Airways reduce their flight schedule to Cuba and team up. The two companies announced on Wednesday, November 29, a temporary code sharing.
They pool their seating offer on Cuba (Havana, Santa Clara and Varadero) for the period covering the start of the 2017 Christmas school holidays at the end of the spring holidays, ie beginning of May 2018.
Corsair will operate 3 flights per week (1 flight on Varadero and 2 flights on Havana) from December 21, 2017 to end of February 2018 and will ensure the delivery of XL customers to Santa Clara during the same period, from Paris -Orly.
As a result, Corsair flights on Thursday will rotate Paris / Havana / Santa Clara / Paris on December 21, 2017 and from January 11 to February 22, 2018.
On December 28, 2017 and January 4, 2018, the two companies will rotate at the same time to meet the Christmas holiday demand. On these two dates, Corsair will fly Orly / Havana / Orly non-stop on the outward and return journey, while XL Airways will fly the Charles-de-Gaulle / Santa Clara / Charles-de-Gaulle rotation.
Then, beginning in early March 2018, XL Airways will operate flights departing from CDG every Monday (Varadero) and every Thursday (Santa Clara / Havana) and will ensure the transport of customers of Corsair, through the establishment of the code sharing.
Note that during the entire period from December 2017 to May 2018, Corsair will ensure his Saturday flight on Havana.
This program change results in the cancellation of 21 rotations by Corsair and 18 by XL Airways, 39 in total or a 40% drop in supply.
Pascal de Izaguirre, CEO of Corsair, commented: “I am delighted with the implementation of this code sharing between our two companies. In the exceptional circumstances of Hurricane Irma, we had to react very quickly to preserve flexibility and choice for our customers. “