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Traveling to Corsica by Plane

The 4 Airports of Corsica

Corsica boasts four international airports, two on the eastern side and two on the western side.

Ajaccio

Ajaccio Airport is located on the outskirts of the city. It also handles the main connections between Corsica and the mainland. Its airport code (IATA) is AJA.

Ajaccio Airport - Traffic 2023 (1)

1,610,740 passengers14,251 recorded flights. Approximately 113 passengers per flight.

Bastia

Bastia Poretta Airport is located south of the Bastia region, in the commune of Lucciana, situated 20 minutes south of Bastia. It handles the main connections. Its IATA code is BIA.

Bastia Airport - Traffic 2023 (2)

1,500,305 passengers30,299 recorded rotations. Approximately 50 passengers per flight.

Figari

Figari Airport is also heavily used and rapidly growing, with the commune located 20 minutes from Porto Vecchio and near Bonifacio in the extreme south of the island. Its IATA code is FSC.

Figari Airport - Traffic 2023 (3)

863,533 passengers17,194 recorded flights. Approximately 50 passengers per flight.

Calvi

La Balagne is served by air through Calvi Airport, as well as by sea through the port of Île Rousse. Its IATA code is CLY.

Calvi Airport - Traffic 2023 (4)

362,541 passengers4,900 rotations. Approximately 74 passengers per flight.

Air Corsica: Corsican Airline to National and International Destinations

Air Corsica - Routes from Corsica to Mainland France, Italy, Belgium, and Austria

Air Corsica is a Corsican airline headquartered in Ajaccio. It has been in existence since 1989 and was formerly known as CCM (Compagnie Corse Méditerranée) before becoming Air Corsica in 2010. The Corsican airline collaborates with Air France.

Routes Served to and from Mainland France

The main Air Corsica routes with the most rotations are those of the cities of Marseille, Nice, and Paris.

By Air
Airbus A320 - Air Corsica - Aéroport de Bastia
Airbus A320
Short and medium-haul airliner with a capacity of 180 passengers
ATR - Air Corsica - Aéroport de Bastia
ATR
Regional transport aircraft designed by the Franco-Italian company ATR with a capacity ranging from 50 to 78 passengers depending on the model.

In total, Air Corsica operates 18 routes between 4 island cities and 8 mainland cities, as well as routes to 5 European cities:

  • Marseille (Marignane Airport)
  • Paris (Orly and Charles de Gaulle Airports)
  • Nice
  • Toulon
  • Lyon
  • Toulouse
  • Clermont Ferrand
  • Dole
  • Belgium: Brussels Charleroi
  • Italy: Rome and Milan
  • Austria: Vienna and Salzburg

Pricing

For a round-trip ticket in season to domestic destinations outside of the resident fare, you can find offers slightly below €200, and possibly exceeding €300. (5)

Air France - Domestic Flights

Vol air Corsica Bastia / Marseille

In partnership with Air Corsica, Air France serves, depending on the airport, the following cities:

  • Biarritz-Pays Basque
  • Bordeaux-Mérignac
  • Caen
  • Rennes Saint-Jacques
  • Toulouse Blagnac
  • Lyon-Saint-Exupéry
  • Paris (Orly or Charles de Gaulle Airports)

Other Airlines

Other airlines, including British (British Airways), German (Avanti Air, Eurowings, Lufthansa), Swiss (Air Mountain), Dutch, Franco-Slovenian (Amelia International), Norwegian (Norwegian Air Shuttle), or Luxembourgish (Luxair), also offer flights to several European cities, including:

  • England: London
  • Switzerland: Zurich, Geneva, Sion
  • Germany: Friedrichshafen-Bodensee, Graz-Thalerhof, Innsbruck-Kranebitten, Memmingen
  • Luxembourg

Low-Cost Airlines - Domestic and International Destinations

Low-cost airlines offer low, but fluctuating prices depending on the season. To provide these attractive offers, these airlines use services that are standard on a traditional airline as additional options. These airlines also have fewer rotations, reducing the choice of dates.

Note that low-cost airlines accounted for 34% of flights at Ajaccio Airport in 2023.

Low-Cost Airlines Serving the Island

The main low-cost airlines serving Corsica are EasyJet (a British airline) and Volotea (a Spanish airline), followed by Transavia and Ryanair (Dutch airlines).

Main Low-Cost Routes Between Corsica and the Mainland

Here is a list of the main destinations served by low-cost airlines, both in mainland France and in other European countries (England, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal):

  • Bordeaux Mérignac
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle
  • Lyon Saint-Exupéry
  • Nantes Atlantique
  • Brest
  • Caen
  • Lille
  • Lyon
  • Montpellier
  • Strasbourg
  • Toulouse
  • England: London-Gatwick
  • Portugal: Lisbon-H. Delgado
  • Netherlands: Amsterdam, Rotterdam
  • Germany: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Cologne

Pricing Strategy of a Low-Cost Airline

Some airlines offer round-trip tickets from €50 under conditions: off-season departure, fixed dates, solo travel, and no checked baggage.

The price increases with options such as in-flight consumption or checked baggage (around €30 per trip, or €60-70 round trip). The weight of the luggage can be increased with a corresponding price increase.

Low-cost airline fares vary greatly. In summer, a round trip can cost between €200 and €300, without checked baggage, for distant destinations. The return ticket can be cheaper if the outbound ticket is more expensive.

Tickets are non-refundable and changes can cost approximately €50 per passenger and per trip.

Subscription

Some airlines offer an annual subscription ranging from €50 to €100, providing reduced fares and some benefits such as the addition of a 10kg baggage allowance.

Read the general conditions in case of flight postponement or cancellation.

(5) Prix indicatifs provenant de simulations recherchant les vols avec une fourchette de prix du moins cher au plus cher. Toute information inscrite est susceptible d'évoluer dans le temps, en terme de tarification ou en terme de destinations desservies.

(1,2,3,4) Sources Wikipédia : Aéroport d'Ajaccio, Aéroport de Bastia, Aéroport de Figari, Aéroport de Calvi.

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