Air transport: after “fruitful exchanges” at the Isle of Pines, see you within a month

Air transport: after “fruitful exchanges” at the Isle of Pines, see you within a month
Air transport: after “fruitful exchanges” at the Isle of Pines, see you within a month

While the Isle of Pines recently experienced a significant episode of blockage towards the company Air Calédonie, against a backdrop of grievances expressed by users, discussions between those involved in the matter are continuing to reach a consensus. A meeting was held on Wednesday.

On the Isle of Pines, exchanges seem to be going well. As part of the conflict over air transport, which has resulted in various episodes of disruption, a working group has been set up. On Wednesday, November 8, a meeting took place between the town hall of Kunié, the management of Aircal, the local federation of tourism and economic players, the manager of the aerodrome, the representatives of the great chiefdom as well as the collective of Kwenyii users. According to a joint press release, released this Friday, this meeting was marked by a “excellent state of mind between all participants” And “the common desire to work on the future of service”.

On the agenda was the scheduling of flights from 1er April 2024 to respond to requests from the working group: a minimum operating time of seven hours in Nouméa, and departures from Magenta to Île des Pins rather between 7 and 8 a.m. in the morning, then 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. later -noon. “On this subject, numerous fruitful discussions took place and led to different possibilities which will be studied by the Air Calédonie teams in relation to their feasibility.details the press release.

Are mentioned:

  • the pricing structure, “with an exchange provided on ideas generated by joint work between the working group and the tourism and economic activities federation” ;
  • baggage policy “with the question of specific treatment for residents of the Isle of Pines as well as an inventory of the ‘piece concept’ policy”. Stopover teams “were instructed to no longer ‘tape’ the luggage to make it a single piece when departing from the various stopovers.”

There was also talk of freight, the possibility of making Aircal rotations coincide with those of the Betico or transport policy in general.

“At the end of this meeting, all the stakeholders agreed on the fact, particularly regarding flight scheduling, pricing and territorial continuity, that there was a need for time for reflection and work longer”. Stakeholders “have planned, within a month, to take stock of the requests taken into account by Air Calédonie, those which will be transmitted to the government, concerning pricing and territorial continuity in particular, as well as the different avenues explored in using other identified partners (State, South province, Betico etc.)”

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