Nouvelair sends out an emergency call and tackles the conditions at Tunis-Carthage airport

Nouvelair sends out an emergency call and tackles the conditions at Tunis-Carthage airport

A press briefing was held on Friday the 1stuh April 2022, to present the program to the airline Nouvelair as well as its new services. The event was an opportunity to honestly discuss the issues associated with Tunis-Carthage Airport, which has become a real obstacle for airlines, but also to return to the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on society.

In fact, CEO Chokri Zarrad took the opportunity to issue an emergency call to the Tunisian authorities regarding Tunis-Carthago airport.

I take this opportunity to invite the public authorities: we risk stepping up the tourist season and all the airlines’ preparations due to Tunis-Carthage Airport. There must be urgent measures. We have to wake up, otherwise things will not go the way we want “, Hammered GD.

And to evoke the various complications of the passenger journey from check-in to receipt of his luggage.

The black dot Tunis-Carthage airport ‘, He assured. ” We have to see under what conditions we make the recording. The company does not decide how many counters it may have. Moreover, it is impossible to get out of Tunis airport on time and it is not the fault of the companies: the crews and the planes are ready, everything is ready! “, he testified.

It is in the country’s interest to do well, especially to ensure good reception conditions not only for foreigners but also for Tunisians living abroad, who represent a significant stream. The whole infrastructure must develop. Governments need to be aware of this.s, “he pointed out.

In this connection, the CEO recalled the company’s efforts to support the national tourism effort. ” We do a lot of charters to Russia, up to 15 to 16 flights to Moscow per week. We hope it will resume in May. We also work a lot in Poland “, he explained.

Asked by Business News about the impact of Covid-19 on Nouvelair, Chokri Zarrad said the company was affected in the same way as other airlines. However, he argued that this crisis has served to demonstrate the solidity of the company and prove its resilience.

The company has the financial capacity to overcome the various crises that have shaken it. There have been losses, all companies in the world have suffered heavy losses, and the majority of them, whether public or private, have received support from their governments “, he said. And to note: The company is up to date in all its financial obligations with all internal and external parties, it has all the resources to come back under good conditions “.

The CEO specified to Business News that the quantified losses are around 70 MD for the years 2020 and 2021, but that Nouvelair has the capacity to bear them without resorting to bank debt or shareholders. ” The company managed to get through this crisis successfully in the hope that 2022 will mark the return of normal activity “, he said.

The private airline noted a decrease in revenue of 60% in 2020 and 40% in 2021 compared to 2019. It has been loss-making for the past two years and hopes for a balance in 2022 if there are no other surprises, according to. for him.

In terms of its program, Nouvelair continues to expand its network in Europe with the launch of 3 new routes (London, Geneva and Manchester), ie. about ten flights a week.

In fact, and from March 29, 2022, the company launched a new regular route connecting Tunis-Carthage to London Gatwick at a rate of 3 flights per week.

The month of May will be marked by the launch of two other lines. The first will connect the city of Manchester with Monastir, and the second will serve Geneva Airport from the departure of Tunis-Carthago at a rate of 3 frequencies per week.

In addition, Umrah began on March 8, and Nouvelair will transport 9,000 to 10,000 Tunisian passengers to holy sites, Mr. Zarrad.

In response to a question from Business News about the next services that the company intends to launch, the CEO indicated that there is an entire Italy program with more services. The company is also considering a service to Spain, as well as other services to destinations in North Africa.

In addition, integration into its program is being considered by other Tunisian airports such as Sfax to ensure connections to Europe and other destinations.

All this will come in due course “, he explained.

The cities served by Nouvelair exceed 18 destinations on 3 continents.

Nouvelair’s summer schedule includes a total of 130 flights a week to 8 countries, namely: France, Germany, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Belgium, Algeria and Saudi Arabia; with frequencies that meet the needs of travelers, as varied as they are.

Nouvelair serves the main cities of France, namely: Paris, Nice, Marseille, Strasbourg, Lille, Nantes, Toulouse and Lyon. Germany, a country on the other side of the Rhine, occupies a selected place with 5 cities: Düsseldorf, Berlin, Frankfurt, Hanover and Munich.

The Nouvelair network also includes the Belgian capital Brussels, not forgetting Istanbul, a cult destination for shopping fans.

It should be noted that the company has resumed its pre-pandemic programming with its flights to Algiers as well as its flights to the “Umrah” sacred sites.

The airline will also launch eco later in May 2022 on certain routes (Paris, Nice, London, Geneva, Brussels), and will then be extended to all other routes.

It is also the only company that has self-service terminals where you can check in, but the airport’s infrastructure means that in order to succeed, logically enough, the passenger must have a baggage claim, where you drop off your luggage, or the airport does not have one, stated DG, and specified that the terminals are there but perform only 70% of their functions.

Nouvelair operates from 4 cities, namely Tunis, Enfidha, Monastir and Djerba. The company was named best customer service for the years 2020, 2021 and 2022.

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