Air Seychelles will suspend operations between Seychelles and Durban, South Africa effective 27 July 2017.
To complement its five-weekly flights to Johannesburg, the airline launched a thrice-weekly service to South Africa’s port city in March this year.
“We have taken the tough decision to discontinue our Durban route as the volume of inbound traffic has fallen short of our expectations. Since being launched, the route has relied on travellers connecting to our Mumbai flight on the way to India,” noted Roy Kinnear, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles.
The point-to-point traffic demand to the Seychelles has been lower than anticipated on the competitive route that has alternative options charging extremely low fares making the service a non-viable commercial operation for Air Seychelles.
The national airline of the island nation expected the route to contribute to inbound tourism.
Ambassador Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine said, “Tourism is the main engine of the Seychelles economy and, unfortunately, the Durban service did not produce the expected results in terms of supporting the growth of the industry.”
Travellers booked on flights to and from Durban’s King Shaka International Airport beyond 27 July, 2017 will be reprotected on Air Seychelles’ ongoing Johannesburg flights.
Durban will from then be served in conjunction with Air Seychelles’ codeshare partner South African Airways which has seamless connectivity between the city and Johannesburg.