Emirates adds Seychelles to its list of flight resumptions list, following the recent announcement for Stockholm.
From August 1, Emirates will resume passenger services to Seychelles, coinciding with the country’s re-opening to international tourists.
Operating flights to Seychelles five times a week with a Boeing 777-300ER, Emirates offers travellers convenient access to this popular Indian Ocean holiday destination.
As part of its strategy to kick-start the tourism industry on the island nation, the Seychelles Tourism Board called on all players to become innovative and creative in attracting the few visitors who are confident enough to travel during COVID-19. According to the Seychelles Tourism Board, Seychelles depends on three key factors: Maintaining demand, reducing the impact on suppliers, and enabling economic recovery.
At least five of the 13 airlines which were flying to Seychelles pre-COVID will resume flights to the destination, including Etihad, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Air Austral and Edelweiss, according to article on Seychelles News Agency.
Sherin Francis, the chief executive of STB, revealed that as the country prepares to open its borders and welcome visitors as of August,1 only 41 establishments in the tourism sector have been certified ready for reopening as adhering to all COVID-19 guidelines from the health authority. Nearly 700 still need to do more work to get the certification.
In addition, Emirates will increase its services to the Maldives from the current five a week, to six times a week from 04 August to meet customer demand.
Flexibility and assurance
With the gradual re-opening of borders over the summer, Emirates has revised its booking policies to offer customers more flexibility and confidence to plan their travel. Customers whose travel plans are disrupted by COVID-19 related flight or travel restrictions, can simply hold on to their ticket which will be valid for 24 months and rebook to fly at a later time; request travel vouchers to offset against future Emirates purchases, or request refunds via an online form on Emirates’ website or via their travel booking agent.