The Seychelles Tourism Board has welcomed the decision by Etihad Airways to start operating flights to Seychelles from Abu Dhabi with effect from November 1.
Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, said that this is good news for the Seychelles. “Abu Dhabi is an important hub in its own right, and the UAE is a potential market for Seychelles, and this direct air link will only help to consolidate the Seychelles position as an accessible tourism destination,” said Alain St.Ange.
Etihad Airways on their part issued the following statement:
“Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced it will commence operations to Mahé in the Republic of Seychelles on November 1, subject to government approval.
Etihad will operate four return services per week from its home base in Abu Dhabi to Seychelles International Airport in Mahé. The service will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft, configured in Pearl Business and Coral Economy class, offering 1,088 seats each week.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, said: “The Seychelles has strong and growing appeal as a premium leisure destination, with increasing numbers of UAE residents and European travelers holidaying there. With the recent honeymoon of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Seychelles is likely to gain new interest as a destination of choice.
“Our increased frequencies from mid-2011 on some of our primary routes from Europe make the approaching Northern Winter period an ideal time to launch these new services. We expect this will be a hugely popular destination, in particular for holidaymakers from the Gulf Cooperation Council and European markets, due to the ease of connecting services through Abu Dhabi and convenient scheduling.”
In addition to the leisure appeal of the Seychelles, the United Arab Emirates – and Abu Dhabi in particular – have investment interests in the destination, further supporting Etihad’s entry to the route.
The Seychelles comprises 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean, located off of the east coast of Africa. The 41 inner islands constitute the oldest mid-oceanic granite islands on Earth, with another 74 islands forming the low-lying coral atolls and reef islands of the outer islands. The inner islands cluster mainly around the principal islands of Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue, forming the cultural and economic hub of Seychelles, as well as the center of its tourism industry.
Etihad Holidays has a range of holiday options selected from the most spectacular of the 115 pristine, paradise islands of the Seychelles. Offering experiences for all budgets, Etihad Holidays can create packages for any type of traveler, whether it is for honeymooners or families, sun worshippers or divers. Packages include flights, hotel accommodation, island transfers, and any number of the many tours and excursions on offer.
For more information, call 800 2324 or visit an Etihad shop for more details.
The Seychelles will become the 68th destination on Etihad’s global network.
Flight Configuration: A320 two-class aircraft, 16 Business class, 120 Economy class
Proposed schedule for each flight offers 4 flights per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday as follows:
Flight # EY622
departs Abu Dhabi (AUH) at 10:00 am, arrives Mahe (SEZ) at 2:35 pm
Flight # EY621
departs Mahe (SEZ) at 6:55 pm, arrive Abu Dhabi (AUH) at 11:30 pm