Southern Africa suffers from travel ban due to Covid or Micron
28.11.2021 – 23:15 UTC
After a new variant of Covid (Omicron B.1.1.529) emerged in Botswana and South Africa last week, air connectivity to South Africa has been wiped out after various countries around the world restricted access to travelers from the two countries as well as from Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and Lesotho. Eswatini and Namibia.
Among the countries that have so far imposed travel restrictions on the entire group or on specific members are:
- Australia ,
- Austria ,
- the two seas,
- czech republic,
- Denmark ,
- Hong Kong ,
- Malaysia ,
- Morocco, West, sunset,
- Saudi Arabia (also banned commercial passenger flights from Madagascar, Seychelles, Mauritius and Comoros),
- Singapore ,
- The United Arab Emirates ,
- United Kingdom, and
- United State.
In turn, due to these restrictions, the following airlines have said that they will suspend flights to some or all …
Editorial comment: Switzerland has been added to the list of countries. – 29.11.2021 – 05:40 UTC
Air Seychelles sells and rents twin otters
26.11.2021 – 05:48 UTC
Air Seychelles (HM, Mahé) plans to sell and lease back three of its five DHC-6-400s to help raise additional capital during its ongoing bankruptcy restructuring.
S7-PRN (msn 900), S7-DNS (msn 927) and S7-FAR (msn 945) are marketed by BAC Leasing and are immediately available for sale and leaseback. Despite the change in ownership, it will remain part of the Air Seychelles fleet. Manufactured in 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively, they are among the world’s smallest twin chassis and are all configured to hold up to 19 passengers.
The S7-DNS has been grounded at Mahe Airport since September 9, 2021, but the other two units are still active on the carrier’s only domestic route between Mahe and Praslin Island. Air Seychelles owns and operates two additional aircraft, the DHC-6-400, which also operates on the route to Praslin.
Air Seychelles’ fleet also consists of two A320-200N aircraft which, unlike owned Twin Otters, are leased from Air Lease Corporation and CDB Aviation, the Aviation Fleets Ownership Unit shows.