Air Seychelles is to stop its flights from Heathrow viaRome and Milan in January as part of the carrier’s consolidation. The carrieris to cease the route from 8 January and until that time will cancel flightswhich have low forward bookings.
As part of its agreements, Etihad has offeredto fly passengers already booked on an Air Seychelles flight from London andMilan at the same rates, while Air France will carry those with tickets fromParis.
Services to Paris-CDG will be scaled down from five weeklyflights to three from 10 January and will cease to operate from 25 March.
AirSeychelles and Etihad are also expected to sign a codeshare deal next week.
The reshufflecomes after a troubling year for the carrier after it lost a Ministry ofDefence contract and received continued financial support from the Government,which has now become unsustainable.
“Air Seychelles has seen its market share decreasecontinuously for the last few years. The result has been that profitability onthe long haul routes of Air Seychelles for more than two years has dwindledfrom marginally profitable to serious losses,” said Bram Steller, CEO of AirSeychelles.
Despite an increase in capacity its load factors have dropped andforward bookings have stagnated. The carrier is now boosting services to emergingdestinations such as South Africa and is said to be focusing on its healthydomestic and cargo operations.