Saturday, 5 November 2016

Airline Updates: Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles Announces Major Expansion in Europe & Indian Ocean in 2017

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has announced a major fleet and network expansion that will see the airline introduce a second Airbus A330 aircraft and increased flight frequency and new destinations added to its growing list offerings.

In Summary: 

  • Non-stop twice-weekly flights from Seychelles to Düsseldorf
  • Non-stop twice-weekly flights from Seychelles to Durban
  • Paris service frequency increase from three to four flights per week
  • Additional regional capacity to Johannesburg, Mauritius and Mumbai
  • Second wide-body Airbus A330 to enter fleet

With the arrival of a second Airbus A330, Air Seychelles will commence nonstop services to Düsseldorf (Germany) and Durban (South Africa), and significantly strengthen its existing regional network in early 2017.

The airline plans to establish the air bridge between Seychelles and Germany on 30 March, 2017, by launching a twice-per-week service to Düsseldorf, in western Germany.

To further strengthen its European network, Air Seychelles will also upgrade its Paris service from three to four flights per week, with effect from 28 March 2017, giving more travel options to holidaymakers visiting Seychelles from France.

Effective 30March 2017, the Seychelles flag carrier will also commence a twice-weekly service to South Africa’s port city of Durban, an important trade hub that is home to over three million people, complementing its existing five-a-week service to Johannesburg.

Roy Kinnear, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles, said: “Air Seychelles has grown extensively and robustly in 2016 and is now ready to embark on the next exciting chapter of its evolution, further enhancing air access to our archipelago and bringing more holidaymakers and business people to our shores."

“Both stakeholders, the Government of Seychelles and Etihad Airways fully support the airline’s plan to develop its European network by establishing a non-stop connection to Germany, a strategically important market that is currently the second-largest source of inbound tourism after France," he added. 

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