AIR SEYCHELLES UPS BAGGAGE ALLOWANCES
As World Travel Market 2012 winds down and the Seychelles delegation takes stock of their achievements in London this year to promote the archipelago as the Indian Ocean’s destination of choice, has Air Seychelles added a goodie for those visitors coming to the islands with the national airline, directly or in codeshare with partner Etihad.
In an announcement was the baggage allowance raised to 30 kg’s for economy class passengers and 40 kg’s for business class travelers, applicable with immediate effect on all the airline’s routes.
The airline presently operates an Airbus A330 and a wetleased Airbus A320 aircraft but is expecting a second A330 in early 2013, at which time – as reported here ahead of the pack some time ago – it will commence flights to Hong Kong, via Abu Dhabi. Other destinations, in particular on the African mainland, are reportedly also under consideration.
Feedback from WTM participants of the Seychelles delegation however has also confirmed that although the French market appears to be recovering well, demands are still there for nonstop flights between Paris and Mahe, to spare travelers the inconvenience of having to connect through a hub in the Gulf. Time will tell how this disparity between market demand and actual supply will pan out, in particular considering the vested interest of partner Etihad. The Abu Dhabi national airline, while holding only 40 percent of the shares of Air Seychelles, has all the management rights for an initial 5 year period from the time of investment early this year and is not likely to overlook their own interests in this commercial marriage. Watch this space.