SCAA provides relief measures to operators in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic

Relief measures are to be introduced for airport and airline operators in Seychelles as the corona virus pandemic keeps impacting the aviation industry worldwide.

 The Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority {SCAA) has decided to step in similarly to other aviation authorities around the world to provide support package for its operators to relieve the pressure on business operations for the industry.

Support for airlines will include waiver of all landing and parking fees for scheduled international operations by commercial airlines for the period April to December 2020.

However, this is applicable only to air operators with no outstanding dues owned to SCAA as of 31st March 2020.

Furthermore, the authority is to waiver all rentals, concessions due to SCAA for all airport tenants, including duty free, food and beverage outlets, retail and services providers, airlines, DMCs, car hires facilities on Seychelles International Airport and Praslin Airport for the period April to June 2020.

This support is applicable only to operators with no outstanding dues owned to the company as of 31st March 2020.

Mr Garry Albert, the authority's chief executive officer noted that support to existing airport operators, which are encountering financial difficulties during this downturn will allow them sufficient business flexibility to recuperate and resume operations when business goes back to normal.

He said that they aim through the relief measures being provided to airlines to create incentives to stimulate the market, facilitate resumption of operations and convey support due to financial difficulties by the aviation industry also.

"It is critical that we keep the aviation sector going in spite of this crisis, as it will help us during our recovery phase to pick up quickly and move forward, we cannot afford

to let this industry collapse in spite of the enormity of the challenges that we face" said the SCAA's CEO.

This package will therefore add value to the support provided by the Government which is targeted at ensuring no loss of employment," he added.

Mr Albert said SCAA is itself absorbing some of the losses incurred by the operators to make it easier for them to resume business as normal.

SCAA estimated value for those supportive measures is SR30 million.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the support of airports around the world that have provided financial relief to airlines and urged others to follow suit before more damage is done.