Air Seychelles Drops London Flights

PARTLY DUE to what it says are low forward bookings and as part of the carrier’s consolidation, Air Seychelles is to stop its flights from Heathrow via Rome and Milan to its Indian Ocean island base in January 2012.  As part of its agreements with the carrier, Etihad has offered to fly passengers already booked on an Air Seychelles’ flight from London and Milan at the same rates, while Air France will carry those with tickets from Paris/Charles de Gaulle.  Services to Paris will be scaled down from five weekly flights to three from January 10 and will cease to operate from March 25.
The reshuffle comes after a troubled year for the carrier during which it lost a UK Ministry of Defence contract and financial support from its own government.
Meanwhile, the first Boeing 767 to wear the carrier’s new corporate livery has been returned to the airline from Abu Dhabi, where it spent two weeks being repainted.  The colours used on the rear of the fuselage are commonly associated with the Seychelles blue, green, red and white.