French airlines Corsair International and XL Airways have signed a code-share agreement to jointly operate the route between Paris and three Cuban destinations. Havana, Santa Clara and Varadero.
According to the portal L’Aerien, the new agreement between the two companies, announced on Wednesday, responds to “a very significant decline in sales commitments” at the beginning of this winter season.
Both airlines will combine their seat offers on flights to Cuba for the period that covers the start of the Christmas school holidays of 2017 at the end of spring break, that is, as of May 2018, the publication explains.
Corsair will operate three flights per week (one flight to Varadero and two to Havana) from December 21, 2017 until the end of February 2018 and will guarantee delivery of XL Airways customers to Santa Clara during the same period, from the Airport from Paris-Orly.
On December 28, 2017 and January 4, 2018, the two companies will rotate at the same time to meet the demand for Christmas holidays. On these two dates, Corsair will fly Orly / Havana / Orly nonstop on the round trip, while XL Airways will fly on the Charles-de-Gaulle / Santa Clara / Charles-de-Gaulle rotation.
Pascal de Izaguirre, CEO of Corsair, told the newspaper: “I am delighted with the implementation of this shared code between our two companies, in the exceptional circumstances of Hurricane Irma, we had to react very quickly to preserve the flexibility and choice of our customers”.
For his part, Laurent Magnin, CEO of XL Airways, said that thanks to this partnership with the airline can guarantee the transfer of all its customers to the three Cuban airports in its network throughout the season.
“This agreement, based on a harmonious reciprocity of capabilities and means of production, testifies to the willingness of the two companies to cooperate to protect their economic interests, without degrading the proposed service to their respective customers,” he added.