Information was received that, without yet confirming a date, Air Seychelles and partner airline, Etihad, will move from the present 13 weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Mahe to a full double-daily service. According to the details obtained, each of the two partner airlines will operate 7 flights a week – Air Seychelles with their wide-body Airbus A330 and Etihad with their Airbus A320, both offering a two-class cabin layout.
This development comes hot on the heels of the announcement by the airline that they will re-launch a three-times-a-week nonstop service from Mahe to Paris, which will substitute the previous twice-weekly flights from Mahe via Abu Dhabi.
French and Seychelles’ tourism sources have expressed their delight over this development as it will no doubt boost visitor numbers from France to the archipelago and help to have the French market once again become the leading producer of tourist visitors to the islands.
Another source from Victoria commented on the double-daily frequencies as follows: “When this happens it is good news because Air Seychelles has many codeshared flights with airlines in Europe. Passengers will be able to connect to us with two options every day and even a flight delay will not strand them completely.”
In a related development, it was learned that the twice-weekly flights from Mahe to Dar es Salaam have made a real impact in Tanzania as many travelers take advantage of the extraordinary bargain fares the airline offers for flights, via the Seychelles, to Abu Dhabi/Dubai and to Mumbai.
Feedback from travel circles in Dar in fact have indicated that other airlines are warily watching Air Seychelles as in particular their transit passenger numbers via Mahe continue to grow, largely at their expense of course as such fares are simply too good to pass.