Austrian Airlines will fly non-stop every Wednesday from Vienna to the Seychelles, returning to Vienna on Thursdays as of October 25, 2017. This gives the tourism dependent islands of the Seychelles a third direct non-stop air service between Europe and Seychelles after Paris and Frankfurt.
“Demand for direct flights to long-haul tourist destinations is high. We responded: In addition to Mauritius, Colombo and Havana, the Seychelles represent our fourth new destination within a period of only two years”, said Austrian Airlines CCO Andreas Otto.
As a result, Austrian Airlines will offer a total of five long-haul tourist destinations in its winter 2017/18 flight schedule. Up to two flights per week will be operated to both Mauritius and the Maldives. Austrian Airline will also operate one direct flight each week to Colombo, Havana and the Seychelles.
Austrian Airlines operates a global route network of approximately 130 destinations, being particularly dense in Central and Eastern Europe with 37 destinations. Austrian Airlines is part of the Lufthansa Group, Europe’s largest airline group, and a member of the Star Alliance, the first global alliance of international airlines.
The Seychelles Tourism Board and Alain St.Ange, the Minister responsible for Tourism have been happy with the announcement stating that this added direct non-stop air connectivity was not only needed, but that it will provide a great option for holiday makers from Austria and the nearby central European Countries. "Yesterday only we at the ministry of tourism and Culture discussed with Ambassador Frantisek Dlhopolcek, the newly accredited Ambassador of the Slovak Republic the need for a direct flight from Austria to Seychelles as that would serve also Switzerland, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland amongst others" said Minister St.Ange. The Tourism Board will now realign its staff in Europe to ensure that this new catchment is well served now that a direct non-stop air service has been announced. The Tourism Board have confirmed that ever since Austrian Airlines started their service to Mauritius the desire to have them operate to Seychelles has been followed. Bernadette Willemin, the Tourism Board's Director for Europe also confirmed to Marketing Executives of the Tourism Board that this Austrian Airlines is just great news.