Friday, 15 May 2015

Industry News: Private Flights to Seychelles

Increase in Private Jets Recorded at Seychelles International Airport

Seychelles has been witnessing an increase in private aircraft flying to the Indian Ocean archipelago. Some 184 private planes have been recorded to have landed in Seychelles from January to April this year, with models ranging from the Global Express, Falcons, Gulf Streams and even Boeing 737s and 777s often seen lined up at the designated parking bay at the Seychelles International Airport.

The figure represents nearly half of the 412 private aircraft that landed at Pointe Larue airport, on the eastern coast of mainland Mahé in 2014, hinting that the same figure or more is likely to be achieved in 2015.

Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean is well-known for its crystal-clear warm waters and picturesque tropical beaches. With tourism being the pillar of the Seychelles economy, the small island nation with a population of around 90,000 people, has over the years managed to build a reputation as a small but luxurious holiday destination.

An overall increase in tourism arrivals have been recorded in recent years where a total of 230,257 visitors came to its shores in 2014, which also include figures from the private jets, whose passengers usually stay at 5-star hotels or private island resorts in luxury villas.

According to statistics available on the National Bureau of Statistics website, NBS, out of the 98,630 visitors that have disembarked in Seychelles up to May 10, 2015 a total of 2,324 of them came on private planes. The inflow of private aircraft tends to peak from March to May and also in December during the festive season.

Private jets seen lined up at the designated parking area at the Seychelles international airport at the end of March 2015 (Photo by SCAA)

This year to date, SCCA’s statistics indicate that 47 private jets arrived in January, followed by 26 in February, hiking up the 65 in March while April recorded 46. This year’s figure also includes the arrival of a private Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

This was the third Dreamliner to land in Seychelles after the historic landing in Seychelles of a scheduled Ethiopian airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft on February 28. A chartered Dreamliner of Kenya Airways also made the trip to Seychelles last month carrying the entourage of the Ghanaian king of the Ashanti people.

According to the SCAA, private planes landing in Seychelles are from various parts of the world, including the UK, Russia, Switzerland, South Africa, Israel, the US, the UAE, France, Malaysia among others.

[This article is a summary from an article that appeared on the website of the Seychelles News Agency. To read the entire article in its original format,click here ]

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