GBRandSYCguy From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 50 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2496 times:
According to their website, Air Seychelles (HM) will be ending it's operation from London Gatwick on the 14th of February 2011. This will be replaced by increase frequencies to Rome Fiumicino & Milan Malpensa (1 additional flight each). The flights from London Heathrow will still operates as normal.
Since starting UK operations after the Seychelles independence from Britain in the 1970s. Air Seychelles has used nearly all of the Gatwick / Heathrow terminals. They are from the late 1970's:
-Gatwick South Terminal until 2003
-Heathrow Terminal 1 (2003 - 2005)
-Heathrow Terminal 2 (2005 - 2009)
-Gatwick North Terminal (2009 - 2011)
-Heathrow Terminal 4 (2009 - current)
In Paris (their best market by far due to strong French influence from French colonisation), they have used Orly Sud, CDG 2A, 2C, and Currently 2F.
GBRandSYCguy From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 50 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1817 times:
True MAN saw a brief period of operations but from 1996-1997. Initially via Zurich then towards the end via Madrid. Sadly figures revealed that 90% of UK PAX were from London and the South East and MAN was subsequently discontinued. Those were their ambitious years were they tried and tested a number of destinations. Even TLV saw operations in the late 90s and according to older staff it was quite a success but nonetheless was withdrawn. To be quite honest London operations has always been an uphill battle long before EK/QR started SEZ (BA pulled out in 2004) and looks like it still is, being an ex-staff member i can go as far as saying that it is almost an unprofitable route (but being cautious). If it was not for strong historical ties, the Seychelles community in London & it's connections capabilities, i reckon London would have long been dropped in favour of Paris, Rome, Milan etc..I remember my days in at SEZ where CDG, FCO would leave full or overbooked but LHR with a 20% load factor. Us Brits likes a bargain holiday & you won't find those in the Seychelles, that's why many of us goes to Mauritius.