The national airline of the Republic of Seychelles is set to adjust its European route network starting with the suspension of its service to Düsseldorf, Germany from 10 September 2017.
“Given the high number of airlines operating or offering connectivity out of Germany, the seasonal nature of the route where peak travel periods are outweighed by low demand during the off-peak season, the extremely competitive levels of fares and existing fuel prices, it is not viable for us to continue serving the market at this point in time,” Roy Kinnear, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles said.
In March this year, the airline introduced a non-stop service to the western Germany town, providing travellers in the country and the wider catchment area of Belgium, Holland and Scandinavia with more travel options to Seychelles.
The airline says it will work with its codeshare partners to offer non-stop connections to Germany via Paris with Air France and via Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways.
Due to weakened demand for air travel out of France, Air Seychelles also announces it will reduce its Paris operation from four to three weekly services from 12 September 2017.
Kinnear added, “While passenger numbers are strong during the summer months of July and August, the declining demand as we enter the off-peak season in September does not provide the required level of support for our fourth frequency going forward, which operates mid-week on Tuesdays/Wednesdays.”
The increased frequency on the Paris route was also unveiled in March 2017.
Air Seychelles will continue to operate its Airbus A330 aircraft with two-cabin configuration on the route out of the island nation on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays; and out of Paris on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Chairman of Jean Weeling-Lee attributed the adjustments to increasing fuel costs and competitive aviation market in Europe resulting in Air Seychelles being forced to consolidate these services.
The airline recently suspended its service to Durban, South Africa as the volume of inbound traffic has fallen short of its expectations.
As with the affected guests on the Durban route, all guests who are affected by the Düsseldorf and Paris service changes will be offered alternative travel arrangements with Air Seychelles.