Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, will be launching a new route this December to Almaty, Kazakhstan. The twice weekly seasonal service begins 26 December and will operate until 27 March, 2023.

Almaty is the largest city in Kazakhstan, a country of almost 20 million people. Rich in oil and gas, the country has the highest GDP of any country in the CIS. Almaty is also a regional commercial hub for surrounding countries.

The inaugural flight will depart Almaty on 26 December, arriving into Mahe on 27 December at 07:00. The Almaty service will be operated on a two-class Airbus A320 neo with 12 seats in
Business Class and 156 in Economy Class, providing a total of 672 seats to and from Kazakhstan each week. Flights in both directions will have a technical stop in Abu Dhabi.

Sandy Benoiton, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles, said: “After studying Kazakhstan and the Central Asian region for many years, we’re thrilled to be able to launch our initial service into Almaty on a seasonal basis. Kazakhs have discovered Maldives in the last few years and now are eager to explore other parts of the Indian Ocean region. We look forward to welcoming the first flight during the festive season and will be constantly evaluating the performance so we can increase flights based on demand.”

Minister for Transport, Mr Anthony Derjacques said: “We are proud to see Air Seychelles bring its award-winning services to Kazakhstan, adding one more powerful tourism market to its growing network. Our national airline is delivering on its mandate to be a key economic enabler, boosting tourism and trade, and creating jobs. The new service strengthens the warm relations that have developed between Seychelles and the Republic of Kazakhstan, and we look with eagerness to seeing visitors from Kazakhstan enjoying our splendid beaches for their next holiday.”

Flight schedule for Almaty flights

Flight NoOriginDepartsDestinationArrivesDay
HM076Seychelles (SEZ)09:35Almaty (ALA)21:30Thursdays
HM075Almaty (ALA)23:00Seychelles (SEZ)07:00 (+1)Thursdays
HM078Seychelles (SEZ)17:00Almaty (ALA)04:45 (+1)Sundays
HM077Almaty (ALA)06:20Seychelles (SEZ)14:20Mondays


*Additional flights operate during the festive season. Consult our website for more details. All departures and arrivals above are listed in local time.


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 Colombo with state- of-the-art Airbus A320NEOs. 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 2023, Air Seychelles was awarded the coveted titles of ‘World’s Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean’, at the 30th edition of the World Travel Awards as well as, ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline Economy Class’ and ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline Brand’


Information contained in this press release is accurate at the time of publication.