Goodbye Transavia, hello Chalair. From March 6, the air link between Brest and Orly will change pilots. Abandoned by the low cost company of the Air France-KLM group due to a lack of attendance, the line will be taken over by the Normans by Chalair. The latter are also not lacking in ambition for this line since they are planning 22 flights per week between the tip of Brittany and the Paris airport in the long term.
“This will allow businessmen to be able to go back and forth during the day or over two days in the most efficient way possible,” said Jérôme Latrasse, deputy general manager of Chalair, who hopes to attract 50,000 to 55,000 on Wednesday. passengers per year on this line, which will be operated by a 70-seat ATR 72 aircraft. So far, the line, still operated by Transavia, has seen just over 30,000 passengers per year with four flights per week, according to the management of Brest airport.
A target of 150,000 passengers per year
But within two years, Chalair is aiming for 150,000 passengers per year on this line with larger planes, i.e. around half of the attendance record (around 296,000 passengers in 2019), said Alain Battisti, president and owner of the company. . The line should create 14 jobs for a company that already has 105 employees.
At the announcement of the abandonment of the connection by Air France, many Breton elected officials had protested, seeing it as a “shocking” and “unacceptable” decision with regard to the accessibility of the Breton tip. The group has since announced the strengthening of its Paris-Charles de Gaulle service, with four daily flights from Brest, for a total of 27 weekly flights this winter.