Air Caraïbes and French Bee, the two airlines of the Dubreuil group, are asking for help from the State, ensuring that they are the onlyones in their sector that have not yet obtained public support in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.
Since the outbreak of the health crisis, more than a year ago, France has considerably limited travel to and from abroad. In particular, Orly airport was closed for three months in 2020. These measures have hurt the airline industry and Mr. Rochet estimates that his companies have lost “several years of profit”. He expects to be back in the black by 2022, but justifies his request for public aid by the fact that all his competitors have received it, starting with the giant Air France.
“When we make a gesture for Air France, Air Austral or Corsair, it must be more or less the same for everyone,” said Rochet, without saying how much his companies had asked the state.