A group of Air Seychelles staff have today banded together to clear the popular Morne Blanc trail on Mahé.

The staff worked together with the Seychelles National Parks Authority to clear up the hiking route, which offers beautiful panoramic views of Mahé’s western seaboard.

Offering an unforgettable uphill climb to the peak of Morne Blanc, which rises to an elevation of 667m (2,188ft), the trail takes roughly 45 minutes and passes through an old tea plantation and dramatic slopes lined with lemongrass and jackfruit trees, before coming to a viewing platform.

Along the way hikers are encouraged to keep an eye out for endemic wildlife, as the area is home to birds such as the Seychelles bulbul, swiftlet and sunbird, as well the world’s smallest frog, which is only 1cm in length.

Josie Michaud-Payet, Manager Corporate Social Responsibility at Air Seychelles, said: “The Morne Blanc trail is loved by local hikers and visitors alike, and it’s important that we keep it well-maintained and clean so everyone can continue to enjoy the unbelievable views and wildlife it offers to those who tackle its slopes. Our team is very passionate about protecting the natural environment and were keen to be involved in this activity together with the Seychelles National Parks Authority.”

Remco Althuis, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles, said: “The Morne Seychellois National Park is a true treasure of the Seychelles and we are happy that our staff could lend a hand in clearing up Morne Blanc, one of the most popular trails through the park. We are very committed to our corporate social responsibility programme and are proud to have such a dedicated team of staff that is so eager to give back to the community.”

The staff who participated in the event are: Laureen Andre, Elsie Hurst, Julianne Stephen, Kevin Mirabeau and Josie Michaud-Payet.

About Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, was established in 1978 and began long-haul service in 1983. As the main driver of tourism in Seychelles, it is a core pillar of the national economy.

The airline offers international flights to Johannesburg, Mauritius, Mumbai and Tel Aviv as well as charter services on demand. On the domestic network, Air Seychelles operates daily domestic flights between Mahe and Praslin as well as charter services throughout the archipelago.

In 2020, Air Seychelles won the most coveted title of ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline’ at the World Travel Awards. The full service carrier was also recognized as ‘Indian Ocean's Leading Airline - Business Class’ and ‘Indian Ocean's Leading Cabin Crew ’at World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Winners Day.