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 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.