Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, celebrated the landing of its first non-stop flight from Durban to Seychelles yesterday evening.
Flight HM62 touched down at Seychelles International Airport at 9.10 pm and was welcomed by a traditional water cannon salute and a cultural performance on arrival.
The new twice-per-week service was launched yesterday, becoming the second route operated by Air Seychelles to South Africa in addition to Johannesburg, on the same day that the island carrier introduced services to Dusseldorf in Germany.
Operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft with 136 seats, the new service offers business and leisure travellers convenient connections to Seychelles on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Roy Kinnear, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles, said: “With our combined flights to Durban and Johannesburg, we now provide seven direct flights to South Africa every week, making it easier than ever for holidaymakers and businesspeople to visit Seychelles, as well as, Seychellois nationals to discover yet another shopping destination in South Africa.
“Our new Durban service has gathered huge interest from the public and travel trade alike and we are confident it will produce good results for Air Seychelles and the Seychelles itself."
Flight schedule for Durban flights:
*All departures and arrivals above are listed in local time.
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.