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Air Seychelles has today flown its 550,000th guest, marking a new passenger milestone for the Seychelles flag carrier and surpassing its 2015 total passenger number of 522,873.

The airline’s total passenger figure for 2016 is set to rise even further as the end-of-year travel peak comes to a close, signalling another year of strong operational growth for Air Seychelles.

The 550,000th passenger was Mikhaylov Konstantin, travelling with his wife Natalia Prygoda on flight HM187 from Abu Dhabi to Seychelles, where the couple have planned to celebrate the New Year festivities.

Meanwhile, its 200,000 domestic passenger and the first guest over the 550,000 milestone was Bernadette Laurete, who flew today on the Air Seychelles domestic network from Praslin to Mahe.

Roy Kinnear, Chief Executive officer of Air Seychelles, said: “Air Seychelles continues to go from strength to strength and we are delighted to announce today that we have set a new record of 550,000 total passengers of which 200,000 have travelled on our domestic services.

“It’s a fantastic way to close out the year and we are confident the upwards trend will continue in 2017 as we expand our network to Düsseldorf in Germany, Durban in South Africa and increasing Paris frequency from three to four weekly services, boosting our passenger-carrying capacity even further.

“To achieve another successive year of operational growth is a clear sign that our strategy of focusing on sustainable development at Air Seychelles continues to produce good results for the country and the people of Seychelles.”

Air Seychelles has experienced strong growth in its domestic and international operations in 2016, registering a 6.7 per cent increase in the number of passengers carried between January and November compared to last year.

About Air Seychelles

The Seychelles national carrier has been flying for over 45 years. Wholly owned by the Government of Seychelles, the carrier operates regionally from its home in Mahe to Tel Aviv, Johannesburg, Mumbai, Mauritius, and Maldives with state of the art Airbus A320neo’s. Domestically the carrier operates up to 30 roundtrips a day to Praslin, the second largest island in the archipelago, along with various charters to other islands on its twin-otter fleet.

In 2022, Air Seychelles managed to retain the most coveted title of ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline’ at the 29th edition of the World Travel Awards as well as, ‘Indian Ocean's Leading Airline Business Class', 'Indian Ocean's Leading Cabin Crew' and 'Indian Ocean's Leading Airline Lounge.'