Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has recommenced flights to Paris from its home base in the Seychelles after a gap of two and half years.
The Indian Ocean island-based carrier is deploying its brightly-coloured Airbus A330-200 aircraft twice weekly on the new route, offering 18 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 236 seats in Economy Class. The flights operate with a brief stopover in Abu Dhabi.
Speaking in Paris, Joel Morgan, Seychelles Minister for Home Affairs and Transport and Air Seychelles Board Chairman, said: “The Seychelles’ connection to France stretches back 270 years and is symbolised today through shared elements of language, culture, traditions and growing trade and tourism ties.
“Accounting for a quarter* of visitors from Europe to the Seychelles every year, France has always been a strategically important market for our airline and it was with deep regret that we had to suspend services to Paris in January 2012.
“Returning to France is symbolic of the success of our turnaround, and we thank the French civil aviation regulatory authorities for granting us approvals to recommence services.
“Over the coming weeks, months and years we look forward to working with business, tourism and cultural bodies in France and in other European markets to bring more passenger and cargo traffic to the Seychelles.”
Flying via Abu Dhabi, Air Seychelles’ new Paris schedule will offer 1,016 extra seats per week to and from the Seychelles and, when combined with codeshare partner Etihad Airways’ existing twice daily Paris-Abu Dhabi operations, provide travellers with a choice of 18 connections per week to and from the Indian Ocean island archipelago.