Air Seychelles eyes East African airspace,
TANZANIA (eTN) - Air Seychelles, the official airline of the Indian Ocean Tourist Island of Seychelles is looking at the fast-growing tourism and aviation industry between the Indian Ocean islands and
TANZANIA (eTN) – Air Seychelles, the official airline of the Indian Ocean Tourist Island of Seychelles is looking at the fast-growing tourism and aviation industry between the Indian Ocean islands and the Eastern African states.
The airline will launch twice a week flights to Tanzania tomorrow, with flights due to commence on Tuesday, December 2, operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft with a seating capacity of 120 seats in its economy class and 16 in business class.
The national air carrier of Seychelles will connect this paradise island with Tanzania’s capital city of Dar es Salaam, marking the next stage of growth of Air Seychelles’ regional expansion strategy.
According to the airline’s flight timetable, passengers are scheduled to depart from Victoria in Seychelles during mid-morning hours to arrive in Dar es Salaam shortly before noon, a flying time of two hours and twenty minutes.
The aircraft will depart Dar es Salaam in the afternoon to arrive in Victoria mid-evening, according to the Seychelles Consulate in Dar es Salaam.
The Tanzanian capital becomes a third destination in Air Seychelles’ Indian Ocean and African network, after Mauritius and Johannesburg in the Southern African region.
Manoj Papa, Air Seychelles’ Chief Executive Officer, said Tanzania is one among Africa’s fastest-growing business and tourism destinations, and the flights will enhance traffic flows between the Seychelles and beyond.
He said the airline’s mandate was to be a key economic enabler for the Seychelles, giving supporting to tourism and trade.
“These flights will serve as an attractive travel proposition for business and leisure travelers in Tanzania, offering a direct link to our archipelago and convenient onward connections to Abu Dhabi and beyond, including the Indian subcontinent,” Manoj said.
The A320 aircraft will also offer 7.2 tons of weekly belly hold capacity to and from Tanzania, giving a further boost to trade opportunities. Air Seychelles expects the service to carry a mixture of electronics, machinery, and pharmaceuticals into Dar es Salaam, with primarily perishable goods loaded for the return flight.
Joël Morgan, Seychelles Minister for Home Affairs and Transport and Air Seychelles Board Chairman, said the Dar es Salaam route would support Air Seychelles’ aim to improve regional connectivity as well as enhance commerce and leisure travel to the archipelago.
“Dar es Salaam is a great addition to our network. The direct link between the capital of Tanzania and the Seychelles underscores our ongoing commitment to serve the region,” Mr. Morgan said.
“Through our hub, we offer new and efficient routes between Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and Asia, allowing us to tap into the strong flows of people and capital between these regions, creating passenger demand in both directions,” he said.
“As the Seychelles continues to invest in world-class development projects, we are confident we will attract and generate new commerce in our archipelago,” he added.
“We also offer a direct connection between two of world’s iconic and premier tourism destinations, linking the exquisite beauty of the Seychelles with the authentic wonders of Tanzania, a proposition that will have great appeal to travelers seeking the next great experience,” the Seychelles Home Affairs and Transport Minister said.
As the gateway to Tanzania, Dar es Salaam offers access to a variety of unique tourist attractions, such as the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken caldera in the world; Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world; the Serengeti National Park; the Selous Game Reserve, the largest in Africa; and Zanzibar, home to Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Minister concluded.
The Seychelles Honorary Consul and the Tourism Ambassador for the Seychelles in Tanzania, Maryvonne Pool, has said the airline would rekindle travel trade and tourism between the Indian Ocean tourist island of Seychelles and Tanzania.
She said both countries, Seychelles and Tanzania, will benefit from each other since all have the pristine beaches and sea, while Tanzania has its unique wildlife and is best for wildlife safaris.
“I look forward as the Seychelles Honorary Consul and the Tourism Ambassador for Seychelles to vigorously promote both tourism and trade between both countries,” she added.
“We invite all Tanzanians to take their holidays in Seychelles. People have to understand that Seychelles is not that expensive of a destination which is portrait. We have rates for every pocket,” she added.
She further added that the new Air Seychelles flight will be a breakthrough as for many years the islands have been trying to have a direct flight to Tanzania. The two friendly nations have always shared a very close relation looking to bring them together.
She expressed her great hopes that the airline will benefit the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar as well, adding, “I know that we can partner in many areas of tourism, export of produce from Zanzibar, the authentic spices from the Island,” Pool added, expressing her optimism to see Zanzibar taking part in the forthcoming Victoria Carnival next year.
Air Seychelles was established in 1977 as Seychelles Airlines and adopted the present title in September 1978. The airline was wholly owned by the Seychelles government until January 2012 when UAE’s Etihad Airways bought a 40 percent share of Air Seychelles leaving the Seychelles government with the remaining 60 percent ownership. Through codesharing, the airline has extended its network to 39 cities around the world.
Seychelles and Tanzania are friendly countries and members of Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).