Air Algerie, Algeria’s national air carrier, has announced that, beginning in November, it will be launching a direct flight service between Tammanrasset in southern Algeria and Lyon in southwestern France. In starting the new service, Air Algerie said it was meeting an increasing demand by European tourists to visit the Sahara desert.
To examine the level of demand for the new service, Air Algerie recently hosted a group of French travel professionals in Tammanrasset, where they were able to examine lodging and travel facilities in the region.
After holding a monopoly for 35 years, a new civil aviation law was passed, allowing six private airliners licenses to operate in the country, alongside Air Algerie. These were Sahara Airlines, Antinea Airlines, Air Fret Service, Eco Air, Khalifa Airways and Aero Service.
Four of the companies are headquartered in southern Algeria, and reflecte a general government policy of decentralizing the economy, with a special emphasis on the Sahara, where much of the oil and gas industry is centered. — (MENA Report)
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