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
Air Seychelles was established in 1978 and began long-haul service in 1983. The airline currently offers international flights to Abu Dhabi, Johannesburg, Mauritius and Mumbai. Air Seychelles also offers more than 350 domestic scheduled flights a week throughout the archipelago, including domestic charter services. As the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, Air Seychelles is a pillar of tourism, the island nation’s strongest and growing economic sector. The airline maintains a strategic partnership with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and 40 per cent stakeholder.