Air Caraïbes announces Paris – Cancún from this winter
Air Caraïbes has announced Paris Orly – Cancún. The 8,227-kilometre route will initially operate twice-weekly from 15 October before increasing to thrice-weekly from December. Using an all-economy, 318-seat A330-200, the route is the latest to be announced globally amid the coronavirus crisis. And it is based upon a market exit.
|Routing||Start date||Weekly frequency||Aircraft||Direct competition (WF)||Indirect competition (WF)||Â|
|Paris Orly – Cancún||15 October 2017||2, climbing to 3 from 22 December||A330-200||None||Air France (3)|
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser.|
Paris – Cancún a market of 220,000 seats last year
Last year, this city-pair had 220,000 seats spread across both Air France (181,000 seats) and XL Airways France (39,000). XL Airways’ share of Paris – Cancún capacity reduced yearly from Air France’s build-up and the continued stagnation in its overall operation, with its seats virtually flat between 2013 and 2018. XL Airways, which had served the market for many years from Charles De Gaulle, ceased all operations last September. It is this gap that Air Caraïbes seeks to fill, albeit from Orly. Orly – Cancún was last served by Corsair in 2013, primarily using a wet-leased B767-300ER but also, at times, its own 582-seat B747-400s.
Cancun becomes Air Caraïbes’ 11th route from Orly this October
This October, Air Caraïbes’ route network from Paris Orly is as follows. Pointe-a-Pitre, Fort de France, and Cayenne (French Guiana, South America) are by far its top-three routes, with a 73% share of its total seats that month. With 1,908 seats in October, Cancún will be its seventh-largest route, despite only operating for half-a-month. Port au Prince, Santo Domingo, Santiago de Cuba, and San Salvador (Bahamas) are all smaller.