Justice validates the resumption of Air Antilles, but marks the end of Air Guyane

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THE Pointe-à-Pitre commercial court validated on Friday the partial takeover of the Caire airline group, parent company of the airlines Air Antilles and Air Guyaneby Cipim (holding of the Edéis group) allied with the community of Saint-Martin.

Cipim counts “ sustain Air Antilles’ activity » focusing on connections from Pointe-à-Pitre to Fort-de-France, Saint-Martin Grand-Case and Saint-Barthélemy. It provides for the “ immediate recovery » of four planes and “ adding a fifth in the short term », According to a press release.

West Indians must be able to benefit from an accessible and adapted transport offer », Supported Jean-Luc Schnoebelen, president of Edéis, in the press release. Louis Mussington, president of the community of Saint-Martin, “ good hope ” to find ” a balance between a virtuous economic model and an obligation of territorial continuity and the fight against the high cost of living “.

The court validated the takeover of 120 of the 218 employees working in the West Indian region, and authorized the dismissal for economic reasons of 176 of the 296 employees in Cairo, including 78 from Air Guyane.

Indeed, the takeover of Cairo by Cipim does not concern the activity operated under the name Air Guyane, in particular towards isolated areas in the Amazon of this overseas territory. The end of Air Guyane « hurts very much », Commented Jean-Pierre Dellevi, secretary of the UTG ground staff union, at a press conference. Felix Dada, the mayor of Grand-Santi, a Guyanese commune of nearly 9,000 inhabitants located on the Maroni River and not connected by road to Cayenne, for his part declared: very disappointed » with this announcement.

The impact of the court’s decision is enormous. How will people travel? Especially since the river is very low in the dry season and difficult to navigate by canoe. We need an immediate solution for food, for medicine “, he declared to theAFP.

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