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Algeria’s government announced plans to set up a new company for domestic flights.
According to the Ministry of Transport, the establishment of the new domestic carrier will ease pressure on state carrier Air Algerie which will focus on international flights.
The announcement came after authorities said in August they would allow the private sector to create air and sea transport firms as part of economic reforms aimed at reducing reliance on oil and gas, according to Reuters.
President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has repeatedly urged his government to improve air transport services in the largest African country by area.
“Air Algerie cannot cover all domestic airports. Creating a new company will allow optimal care for the transportation of citizens across the country,” Hani told state radio. “Opening investment in the transport sector is a political decision required by the current economic changes.”
He expects, that allowing the private sector to get involved in transport will help implement a new economic policy.