Air Seychelles to restructure operation

Written by: Alwyn Brice |
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Air Seychelles has announced a restructuring plan that will lead to the loss of just over 200 jobs.

The plan would see the carrier emerge as a more viable entity in what is viewed as an increasingly competitive sector. Comprising around 800 staff in all, who are spread around 13 departments, the airline's cabin crew will bear the brunt of the cuts. Just four areas will be unaffected, one of these being the ground handling element.

Speaking about the proposed initiative, minister Maurice Loustau-Lalanne expressed regret over the decision but added that the measures were aimed at saving the national carrier and guaranteeing its future. With its partner Etihad Airways, it would seek economies and reduce expenditure, whilst maintaining the expected high level of service. Furthermore, it would focus on areas in which more profitability was possible, including ground handling and cargo handling, as well as both regional and domestic services.

The announcement has been met with indignation from the workers' union as well as the National Assembly, which have called for a halt to the proceedings. However, given that the carrier suffered losses in 2009 and 2010 and was restructured in 2011, there appears to be little choice over its future.

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