Seychelles refuses Turkish Airlines to accept passengers to Comoros


Flying nonstop on Turkish Airlines between the Seychelles and Moroni in Comoros would be a wonderful addition to connectivity in between the Vanilla Island Group of countries.

Effective June 18 Turkish Airlines started this2 hour non stop connection, but passengers originating from Seychelles are not allowed to take advantage of this flight unless they continuing on to Istanbul.

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With no 5th ‘Freedom right granted to Turkish Airlines, Seychellois needed to get to Comoros will need to fly to Kenya to connect after a night in Nairobi.

The same for tourists wanting to use Seychelles as a base for a two or three island stop in the Vanilla Islands.

Air Seychelles is not flying to Comoros and this island republic is still protecting what will most definitely cost them tourism revenue.

This is a reluctance by Seychelles to implement the Open Sky principle under the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) which was signed earlier this year. The denial of this link with Comoros is against the African Union (AU) resolution signed in Addis Ababa in January 2018 which aims to enhance connectivity, facilitate trade and tourism and create employment.

Alain St Ange has been working in the tourism business since 2009. He was appointed as the Director of Marketing for Seychelles by President and Minister of Tourism James Michel. He was appointed as the Director of Marketing for Seychelles by President and Minister of Tourism James Michel. After one year of After one year of service, he was promoted to the position of CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board. In 2012 the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands regional Organization was formed and St Ange was appointed as the first president of the organization. In a 2012 cabinet re-shuffle, St Ange was appointed as Minister of Tourism and Culture which he resigned on 28 December 2016 in order to pursue a candidacy as Secretary General of the World Tourism Organisation. At the UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu in China, a person who was being sought after for the “Speakers Circuit” for tourism and sustainable development was Alain St.Ange. St.Ange is the former Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine who left office in December last year to run for the position of Secretary General of the UNWTO. When his candidature or document of endorsement was withdrawn by his country just a day before the elections in Madrid, Alain St.Ange showed his greatness as a speaker when he addressed the UNWTO gathering with grace, passion, and style. His moving speech was recorded as the one on the best marking speeches at this UN international body. African countries often remember his Uganda address for the East Africa Tourism Platform when he was a guest of honor. As former Tourism Minister, St.Ange was a regular and popular speaker and was often seen addressing forums and conferences on behalf of his country. His ability to speak ‘off the cuff’ was always seen as a rare ability. He often said he speaks from the heart. In Seychelles he is remembered for a marking address at the official opening of the island’s Carnaval International de Victoria when he reiterated the words of John Lennon famous song… ” you may say I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one. One day you will all join us and the world will be better as one”. The world press contingent gathered in Seychelles on the day ran with the words by St.Ange which made headlines everywhere. St.Ange delivered the keynote address for the “Tourism & Business Conference in Canada” Seychelles is a good example for sustainable tourism. This is therefore not surprising to see Alain St.Ange being sought after as a speaker on the international circuit. Member of Travelmarketingnetwork.