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

The Seychelles' national carrier was incorporated in 1977 and was formally named 'Air Seychelles' in 1978. The airline began long-haul operations in 1983 and continues to remain one of the tourism pillars contributing towards the island's strongest growing economic sector.

In 2021, Air Seychelles managed to retain the most coveted title of ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline’ at the World Travel Awards including, ‘Indian Ocean's Leading Airline - Business Class and Indian Ocean's Leading Cabin Crew . The airline also marked a historic milestone at the 28th edition of the World Travel Awards for having its premium lounge recognised for the first time ever as ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline Lounge 2021’.