The nationwide airline of the Republic of Seychelles is launching flights to its first vacation spot in Central Asia. Air Seychelles will launch a brand new path to Almaty, Kazakhstan, this winter. The twice-weekly seasonal service begins subsequent month and can function till March 2023.
The inaugural flight will depart Almaty on December twenty sixth, arriving in Mahe on December twenty seventh at 07:00. The brand new service is the primary route launched by Air Seychelles because the pandemic. It will likely be the primary hyperlink between the 2 nations. Air Seychelles Chief Business Officer, Charles Johnson, expressed his pleasure on the announcement and what it means for Seychelles:
“We’re extraordinarily proud to announce our first new vacation spot after the Covid pandemic. With the current signing of a brand new bilateral settlement between the 2 nations, this route will open the door to Kazakhs eager to discover Seychelles and different islands within the Indian Ocean.”
“It additionally marks the primary time Air Seychelles will likely be flying to Central Asia, which affords a rising leisure tourism market that can absolutely love the award profitable seashores and uncommon animals resembling large Aldabra tortoises that Seychelles has to supply.”
When are the flights?
The flights will depart from Seychelles Worldwide Airport (SEZ), also called Aéroport de la Pointe Larue in French, positioned close to the capital of Victoria on Mahé. The provider will use one in every of its two Airbus A320neos, configured with 12 seats in enterprise class and 156 seats in Economic system. The twice-weekly seasonal service begins on December twenty sixth and can function till March twenty seventh, 2023. The airline has additionally introduced further flights for the height festive season in December and March.
|HM076||Seychelles (SEZ)||09:35||Almaty (ALA)||9:30 p.m.||Thursdays|
|HM075||Almaty (ALA)||23:00||Seychelles (SEZ)||07:00 (+1)||Thursdays|
|HM078||Seychelles (SEZ)||5 pm||Almaty (ALA)||04:45 (+1)||sundays|
|HM077||Almaty (ALA)||06:20||Seychelles (SEZ)||2:20 p.m.||mondays|
Flights will function with a quick technical cease in Abu Dhabi, the house of former shareholder Etihad. The Seychelles Authorities paid $1 final yr to tackle the Center Jap Provider’s 40% stake within the airline and negotiated a positive debt reimbursement plan with Etihad.
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The flights to Almaty are the outcomes of a gathering held on the forty first session of the ICAO Meeting held in Montreal, Canada, between a Kazakh delegation and aviation authorities of the Republic of Seychelles. The vacation spot had been thought of for a number of years attributable to Almaty’s standing regional business hub for surrounding nations and the potential for inbound tourism in the course of the peak of winter within the Northern Hemisphere. Sandy Benoiton, Performing Chief Government Officer of Air Seychelles, highlighted the potential for the service to develop:
“After learning Kazakhstan and the Central Asian area for a few years, we’re thrilled to have the ability to launch our preliminary service into Almaty on a seasonal foundation. Kazakhs have found Maldives in the previous few years and at the moment are desirous to discover different elements of the Indian Ocean area.”
“We stay up for welcoming the primary flight in the course of the festive season and will likely be always evaluating the efficiency so we are able to enhance flights primarily based on demand.”
Seashore pushed demand
The seasonal service will even carry vacationers from Central Asia to different locations within the Indian Ocean. Air Seychelles passengers can proceed to connecting locations, together with Mauritius, Maldives, and Johannesburg. The Seychelles archipelago, which includes 115 islands within the Indian Ocean, is understood for its beautiful seashores, tropical climate, and unique wildlife.
Air Seychelles resumed fights earlier this yr to a variety of locations with its fleet of two Airbus A320neos. Home connections can be found to Praslin, the second largest island within the archipelago, together with numerous charters to different islands with its 5 de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters. The nation’s Minister for Transport, Mr. Anthony Derjacques highlighted the enhance for the native economic system the brand new route brings:
“We’re proud to see Air Seychelles carry its award-winning providers to Kazakhstan, including another highly effective tourism market to its rising community. Our nationwide airline is delivering on its mandate to be a key financial enabler, boosting tourism and commerce, and creating jobs.”
“The brand new service strengthens the nice and cozy relations which have developed between Seychelles and the Republic of Kazakhstan, and we glance with eagerness to see guests from Kazakhstan having fun with our splendid seashores for his or her subsequent vacation.”
The airline has seen a considerable restoration from the pandemic and introduced it exited administration earlier in November after solely 13 months.