Air Seychelles to cancel flights to Mauritius, Johannesburg and other destinations due to coronavirus. Picture: Supplied.
Air Seychelles to cancel flights to Mauritius, Johannesburg and other destinations due to coronavirus. Picture: Supplied.

Air Seychelles cancels almost 40 percent of flights due to coronavirus

By Travel reporter Time of article published Mar 12, 2020

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Air Seychelles announced the airline will be cancelling a series of flights across its regional and domestic network following a significant downturn in air travel, due to the outbreak of The Novel Coronavirus (COVID -19).

From March 26 until April 30, 2020, the airline will be cancelling 10 flights on the Mauritius route, while it will cancel 11 flights on the Johannesburg route. 

On the Mumbai route, a total of 21 flights will be cancelled until June 30, 2020. 

Following the recent travel restrictions implemented in Israel, Air Seychelles will also be cancelling 2 flights to Tel Aviv during this period. A complete list of the cancelled flights can be found on the Air Seychelles website

Charles Johnson, Chief Commercial Officer of Air Seychelles said of the cancellation: "Due to the negative effects of COVID-19 on demand, we have been forced to cancel approximately 40 percent of our flying schedule through the end of April. 

"We are monitoring the situation daily and hope that further reductions will not be necessary."

Guests affected by these cancellations will be notified by the airline of their travel options. Guests scheduled to travel between March 4 and  March 31, 2020 on the regional network will have the option to change their travel dates free of charge. 

As the booking performance for domestic flights have decreased tremendously, following considerable cancellations from overseas due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the airline will be consolidating a number of flights on its Praslin route. 

Air Seychelles is also encouraging its staff to proceed on annual leave at this time due to a reduction in activities across the entire business. 

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