Wednesday, 9 April 2014
Violating Principles of Fair Competition
A senior management team from Germany’s Condor, a leading leisure airline, was in the Seychelles capital of Victoria last weekend to discuss future cooperation between them and the archipelago’s tourism industry.
Condor, as have other airlines flying to Mahe done before, followed an invitation by the Minister for Home Affairs and Transport Joel Morgan to discuss airlines’ challenges and the expectations they have, and following meetings at the ITB 2014 last month in Berlin between airline executives and the Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St. Ange and his key team members, this latest exchange of views in the Seychelles was seen as hugely important to map out future cooperation.
Also in attendance at the Victoria meeting, besides ministry representatives, were key personnel of the Seychelles Tourism Board, the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority, from Air Seychelles – which provides ground handling at the international airport to all airlines flying to Mahe – and from the Seychelles Petroleum Company which supplies the jet fuel at the airport.
Condor presently flies once a week from Germany’s largest airport Frankfurt to the Seychelles and, considering the number of German tourists visiting the archipelago, the authorities in Victoria have expressed their desire to see Condor add a second flight each week.
Condor competes on the German market with Air Berlin, which operates to Mahe under a code share arrangement with both Air Seychelles and partner Etihad and offers daily connections from across Germany via Abu Dhabi.