In the context of the public service delegation for Corsica, Volotea filed a offer half as high than that requested by Air Corsica and its partner Air France.
The Spanish low cost company, which plans to open a permanent base on the Isle of Beauty within two years, would indeed request financial compensation of the order of 50 million euros against 96 million for its Corsican competitor, according to local media Corsica-Matin and France3-regions.
The public service delegation for Corsica for the period 2024-2027 concerns the lines between the island’s four airports and those of Paris-Orly, Marseille and Nice. Last July, Volotea applied, offering to serve Paris-Orly and Marseille from Ajaccio and Bastia airports, but not Nice unlike Air Corsica. “If Volotea were to be selected for certain routes, it undertakes to facilitate the creation of jobs at the local level and to solicit partners based on the territories it would serve.“, promised the Spanish low cost, specialist in regional services.
To award this future public service delegation which will come into force on January 1, 2024, its commission will be based on different criteria: the amount of financial compensation, but also the services offered, their quality, compliance with schedules, without forgetting a component more social linked to respect for the working conditions of employees. Regarding this last point, the National Union of Commercial Flight Personnel (SNPNC-FO) took the side of the employees of Air Corsica and Air France by denouncing the social dumping policy of the Spanish competitor.