[ACCI-CAVIE] Heavily dependent on the tourism industry, the seychelles economy has been seriously shaken by the Covid crisis. The national airline has experienced a period of underperformance since the pandemic that has not stopped with the recovery. This issue is closely monitored by the African Centre for Competitive Intelligence analysts.
In 2021, the balance sheet has not been satisfactory for Air Seychelles, which is still struggling to regain its pre-pandemic performance level. The inventory of its activities for the year 2021 shows that scheduled traffic amounted to 95,458 passengers carried on 350 regional flights and 5,529 domestic flights.
Statistics still low
On the domestic network, the month of October 2021 (the most prolific), saw the figures of the national carrier of the Seychelles Islands rise to 11,967 passengers between the islands of Mahe and Praslin. Israel has become the most popular destination for regional services, with 2,473 passengers carried on this route in September 2021.
Nevertheless, these numbers compared to the pre-pandemic statistics are still quite low compared to the more than one million passengers the airline recorded in 2019. “2021 was definitely a challenging year. The sharp increase in Omicron infections did not stabilize the operating environment or completely ease global travel restrictions, which is why the number of passengers processed at the airport was down significantly from previous years,” said the airline’s interim general manager Sandy Benoiton.
Air cargo numbers, on the other hand, are up from the previous year, with an increase of about 12.75%. Import/export shipments operated by the carrier in 2021 amounted to 7,578.07 tons compared to 7,460.26 tons in 2020.
The period from March to July saw the biggest statistical improvements in freight (with 2,612.46 tons handled), in a context of reopening of the country’s borders and recovery of tourism.
By Henoc Dossa