The announcement made in the presence of Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture and President Didier Robert, the Regional Council of La Reunion at a Press Conference that was held at the Head Quarters of Air Austral at Roland Garros Airport, St.Denis in La Reunion.
Air Austral, the French airline of Indian Ocean, has announced its return on the Seychelles route after a one year break. The new La Reunion - Seychelles flight operations will be on a Boeing 737-800, two times a week from 3rd. June 2014.
The two flights are scheduled to depart La Reunion every Monday and Wednesday at 7.20 pm to arrive in Seychelles at 10pm, and return to La Reunion the following day at 9.55am. A code share agreement is currently under discussion with Air Seychelles.
“This good news will reinforce the links between the two islands and it will enhance the economic development” said Didier Robert, the President of the Regional Council of La Reunion. Minister Alain St.Ange, the Minister of Tourism and Culture of the Seychelles on his part said that this announcement will be well received by the People of Seychelles. "Our island's tourism industry will benefit from this opportunity and we have given our commitment to work with Air Austral to develop the route for the benefit of the airline and for the consolidation for the Seychelles Tourism Industry" Minister St.Ange said.
The announcement follows discussions that had taken place in Seychelles during the island's Festival Kreol last October between President James Michel of the Seychelles and President Didier Robert of La Reunion. These discussions were again followed this week by Minister St.Ange as he was in La Reunion for the Festival Liberté Métisse, the Vanilla Islands Event that was being staged on La Reunion Island.