Seychelles’ tourism development is to largely benefit from the signing of a new joint air services agreement between Air France and Air Seychelles, effective June 1 of this year.
The agreement was signed between Air Seychelles Executive Chairman Maurice Loustau-Lalanne and Air France’s Senior Vice President for International Affairs and Alliances Dominique Patry at the Air Seychelles head office at Seychelles International Airport today.
Also attending the signing ceremony was the Principal Secretary for Finance Ahmed Afif; the national airline’s board directors and senior management staff; and Alain Malka, Air France Senior Vice President, Caribbean and Indian Ocean. Officials from Air France’s Alliances and Indian Ocean were also present.
The agreement was signed following a review by Air Seychelles on its operations to Europe and after two rounds of talks both in Paris and Seychelles during the past two months.
The long-standing partnership between the 2 airlines started 14 years ago in 1997. According to the codeshare agreement signed in 2009, Air Seychelles operates the Seychelles-Paris route, and the seats are being shared among both airlines. Each company remains responsible for the commercialization of its capacity.
The terms and conditions of the new agreement aim at improving the route economics for Air Seychelles, thanks to a new balance between seat price, capacity share, and fuel costs adjustment mechanism.
In this way, Air Seychelles and Air France show their commitment to ensure the continued existence of a top-quality service, with up to 6 weekly frequencies on Paris CDG.
Air Seychelles Executive Chairman Maurice Loustau-Lalanne said: “The existing joint air services agreement has been strengthened, and this clearly demonstrates the will for Air Seychelles and Air France to work together so as to maintain an increase on the France and Europe market share, especially with the fierce competition being faced by other carriers from the Gulf region.”
Mr. Lalanne added that will help the route economics on Paris CDG make the route break even.
Air France’s Senior Vice President for International Affairs and Alliances Dominique Patry said: “The long-term plan of Air France is to play a major role in the tourism development of Seychelles with more visitor arrivals from France and Europe, and this agreement will contribute immensely to this development.”