Air Seychelles will enhance its non-stop regional service to Johannesburg with a fourth weekly frequency as part of a network adjustment for the summer 2016 season.
The new service will be introduced on 19 March and is scheduled to be operated on Saturdays, increasing the already existing three-per-week service (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) and offering a greater travel choice between Seychelles and South Africa’s biggest city.
Roy Kinnear, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles, said: “We are excited to strengthen our Seychelles-Johannesburg route with a fourth weekly service, making travel easier and more convenient for our guests.
“This new service will reinforce the traffic flows between Seychelles and South Africa, one of the strongest source markets of tourism for the archipelago, with more than 13,000 arrivals last year, and a popular holiday and shopping destination for Seychellois.
“The Saturday service will be operated on an Airbus A320 aircraft, which will increase weekly seat capacity by 19 per cent, boosting the contribution of this air service to the national economy of Seychelles.
“Johannesburg is one of our trunk routes and a fundamental part of our regional network, and by reorganizing our network we will be better able to capture the increasing travel demand in this market.”
As part of the network efficiency development strategy, the airline’s Dar es Salaam service will be discontinued after 12 March.
All guests who are scheduled to fly on the Dar es Salaam route beyond that date will be re-accommodated on other flights and will be notified of the changes to their itineraries.
Mr Kinnear added: “Our twice a week Dar es Salaam service did not deliver the expected inbound guest benefit to Seychelles, therefore, after careful consideration, the decision has been taken to reassign our assets elsewhere where they will bring increased benefits.
“We have a strong mandate to be a profitable airline and will continue to evaluate regional network opportunities to capture traffic flows and meet market demand in the Indian Ocean.”