Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has celebrated the upcoming launch of its new twice weekly nonstop service between Durban and Seychelles with a travel trade cocktail reception at The Oyster Box hotel in Durban.

More than 100 guests from the travel and tourism sectors attended the luxurious beachfront event, where they had a chance to network and strengthen business relationships, try the unique Takamaka Bay rum served in the airline’s Business Class cabin and taste canapés inspired by the cuisine of Seychelles.

VIP guests at the event included Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Ports and Marine; Jennifer Sinon, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Seychelles Tourism Board; Alan Renaud, General Manager Aeropolitical, Alliances and Public Affairs of Air Seychelles, Ndabo Khoza, CEO of KwaZula-Natal Tourism; representatives from King Shaka International Airport and colleagues from South African Airways, a close codeshare partner of Air Seychelles.

The event was held to celebrate the 30 March 2017 launch of a twice-per-week nonstop service to Durban, which will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft.

Speaking to guests, Alan Renaud, General Manager Aeropolitical, Alliances and Public Affairs of Air Seychelles, said: “We are very excited about the launch of our Durban service, which will establish a second important connection to South Africa for Air Seychelles, in addition to Johannesburg.

“As of today, travellers from Durban will be one short flight away from our Mahé hub, where they have convenient access not only to our famous islands but the rest of the Indian Ocean, as well as, Mumbai, Abu Dhabi and Dusseldorf.

“In addition, we have timed our flights so that guests have seamless, one-stop connections from Mumbai to Durban via Seychelles, making this popular journey many degrees simpler.

“Our partners, from travel agents to airport authorities and codeshare partner South African Airways are all very excited about our Durban service and the opportunities it will open up on both ends of the route.” 

Air Seychelles has a codeshare partnership with South Africa Airways which will allow the airline to further expand travel options between Durban and Seychelles for business and leisure guests.

About Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles was established in 1978 and began long-haul service in 1983. The airline currently offers international flights to, Johannesburg, Mauritius, Mumbai and Tel Aviv. 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.