Air Seychelles, the Republic of Seychelles’ national airline and Sri Lankan Airlines, the flag carrier of Sri Lanka, have announced a new code-sharing partnership, expanding the number of destinations accessible to customers from the paradise islands flying between Mahe and Colombo.

Over 20 destinations are included in the partnership, which includes much requested ones such as Sydney and Melbourne in Australia as well as other popular stops in India, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. SriLankan Airlines’ Passengers will also be able to fly from Colombo to Mahé with the activation of the codeshare partnership.

This new codeshare agreement will allow Air Seychelles and SriLankan Airlines to place their codes on each other’s flights and enable passengers to continue their journey conveniently using a single booking and with their baggage checked in all the way to the final destination. It also means passengers can book their travels with both airlines, through online travel agencies, as well as with local travel agents.

In June last year, when Air Seychelles launched the Colombo service, the two airlines signed an initial interline agreement that introduced multiple cities within the south-east Asia region to the local market’s choice of destinations. Sandy Benoiton, Air Seychelles’ Chief Executive Officer shares “now that we have been flying to Colombo for over 9 months, the twice-weekly flights have proven successful. The next step to solidifying our relationship is with this code-share, allowing even more passengers the convenience of a single ticket to more points served by our partner in Asia and Australia.

Richard Nuttall, Chief Executive Officer of SriLankan Airlines stated, “We are pleased to boost our codeshare network and presence in the African region through this new partnership. We look forward to working with Air Seychelles to provide our customers even more African destination options in the coming years.”

Flights under the codeshare agreement are available to book now and will begin operating in April 2024.

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1 – The SriLankan Airlines and Air Seychelles teams at the codeshare partnership agreement signing in Colombo. Seated (L-R) Head of Strategy SriLankan Airlines, Sumudu Upatissa; Chief Executive Officer Air Seychelles, Sandy Benoiton. Standing (L-R) Manager Revenue Management SriLankan Airlines, Rajeeva Atukorale; Head of Marketing SriLankan Airlines, Saminda Perera; Senior Manager Revenue Management SriLankan Airlines, Kshanaka Saparamadu; International Relations Manager SriLankan Airlines, Lakshmi Sampathbandara; Chief Commercial Officer Air Seychelles, Charles Johnson; Manager of Network Planning & Aeropolitics Air Seychelles, Tania Gendron.

2 - Head of Strategy SriLankan Airlines, Sumudu Upatissa (L) and Chief Executive Officer Air Seychelles, Sandy Benoiton (R) at the codeshare partnership agreement signing in Colombo.

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.