Qatar Air to suspend services on Seychelles route

Gulf carrier's CEO says decision 'regrettable' but necessary for commercial reasons
Qatar Air to suspend services on Seychelles route
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker.
By Andy Sambidge
Wed 12 Jun 2013 08:31 AM

Qatar Airways has announced its scheduled flights to and from the Seychelles will be suspended from September 1 until further notice due to commercial reasons.

The last of the daily services operating between the airline's Doha hub and Seychelles International Airport on Mahe Island, will be on August 31.

The decision was taken after careful consideration by the airline's management team, the Gulf carrier said in a statement.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank the government of the Republic of Seychelles, the local business and tourism industry, our travel trade partners in the Seychelles and countries around the world for supporting what was a hugely popular destination for Qatar Airways since we launched the route back in 2004.

“Unfortunately we have taken the decision to suspend the route due to commercial reasons which is regretted.

"We have built up a strong relationship with our partners over the years and will continue to work with them and the relevant authorities to ensure a smooth discontinuation of the route.

"At Qatar Airways, we always remain optimistic and look forward to the day when we can resume operations to these idyllic islands."

He said the airline has informed the travel trade of the decision and all efforts are being made to ensure travel agents, tour operators and individual travellers who have made bookings on the affected route, are re-protected on other airlines or given a full refund.

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