Transavia – Paris-Dahkla air bridge canceled following publication of the CJEU’s decision

The cancellation of the Transavia Paris-Dahkla connection was announced today, the reasons for the cancellation were not published on the company’s online page but it can be verified that the last flight is on the 22 March 2018.

According to the Moroccan online newspaper Le Desk “Polisario has canceled the Paris-Dakhla line operated by Transavia”, the Spanish news agency EFE has another title “The first airway that linked the Saharawi city of Dakhla with Paris failed” and refers to the explanation of Tourisma Post (a moroccan site) “The flight, which opened in October, thanks to the efforts of the Moroccan National Tourism Office, has not been profitable since it opened in the off-season months (October to March).

Following the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union of December 2016, the Polisario Front sued on 25 October 2017 Transavia, a low-cost Dutch airline owned by Air France-KLM, due to the flight inaugurated in October 2017 linking Paris-Orly to Dakhla, a city located in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, a territory under military occupation by Morocco since 1975 and over which it has no legitimacy or sovereignty.

The Polisario Front called for the ban on this air bridge as it violates the decision of the European Court of Justice (CJEU) issued on 21 December 2016.

At the start of the legal process, Gilles Devers, a lawyer from the Polisario Front, stated “The complaint can not affect the launch of the line, but we want to clarify that the company is violating the law as declared by the Court of Justice of the European Union in its ruling to December 21, 2016, ”

The European court made a clear distinction between Morocco and Western Sahara and therefore banned any economic activity that does not take into account the prior agreement of all entities.

On the basis of that decision, the Pollisario Front argued that it should have been contacted to authorize the new route. “They did not ask us for our authorization, so we asked to ban the line and deman a fine of 400 thousand euros for damages,” Devers said.

Transvia takes this decision only days after Morocco’s second defeat in the CJEU, which on 27 February of this year published the resolution on the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement reaffirming the 2016 judgment.

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