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Air Seychelles and Etihad Airways today announced upcoming changes to their flight schedules that will offer guests more choice and greater flexibility when travelling between Abu Dhabi and Mahé.

Effective 1 December, the new schedules will see Air Seychelles add two additional services per week and Etihad Airways one additional service per week, bringing the combined number of weekly return flights to Abu Dhabi from 10 to 13.

The extra frequencies will provide an additional 217 weekly connections to key destinations across the Gulf region, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, North Asia, and Australia, including Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul. Excellent connectivity will be maintained to and from Europe via Etihad Airways’ hub in Abu Dhabi.

Manoj Papa, Air Seychelles’ Chief Executive Officer, said: “The enhancements to our flight schedule mark an important step forward towards us establishing a consistent double-daily service between Seychelles and Abu Dhabi in cooperation with our equity partner, Etihad Airways.

“Having the extra seats and cargo capacity of three additional services will allow us to significantly boost the flow of trade and tourism into Seychelles, fulfilling our key mandate of fostering growth in the national economy.

“In addition, business and leisure travellers will benefit from more travel options when flying between Mahé, Abu Dhabi and beyond, as our schedule has been designed to offer seamless connections to onward flights on our respective networks at each end.”

Air Seychelles commenced flights between Mahé and Abu Dhabi in March 2012, while Etihad Airways began operations in November 2011. The carriers operate a combination of two-class Airbus A330 (18 Business Class and 236 Economy Class) and A320 (16 Business Class and 120 Economy Class) aircraft on the route.

New schedule for flights from Seychelles to Abu Dhabi, effective 1 December 2014:

Airline
Origin
Departs
Destination
Arrives
Frequency
Aircraft
Etihad Airways
Mahé(SEZ)
14:40
Abu Dhabi (AUH)
19:10
Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat
A320
Air Seychelles
Mahé(SEZ)
15:40
Abu Dhabi (AUH)
20:10
Tue, Thu and Sun
A330
Air Seychelles
Mahé(SEZ)
20:10
Abu Dhabi (AUH)
00:40
Mon, Wed, Sat and Sun
A320/330
Air Seychelles
Mahé(SEZ)
20:35
Abu Dhabi (AUH)
01:05
Tue and Fri
A330

New schedule for flights from Abu Dhabi to Seychelles, effective 1 December 2014:

Airline
Origin
Departs
Destination
Arrives
Frequency
Aircraft
Etihad Airways
Abu Dhabi (AUH)
08:25
Mahé(SEZ)
13:00
Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat
A320
Air Seychelles
Abu Dhabi (AUH)
02:00
Mahé(SEZ)
06:35
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun
A320/330
Air Seychelles
Abu Dhabi (AUH)
09:05
Mahé(SEZ)
13:40
Tue, Thu and Sun
A330

Note: All departures and arrivals 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.