Sri Lankan set to commence Colombo – Mahe flights


(Posted 08th August 2013)

The recent state visit by Sri Lanka’s president to the Seychelles, and the signing of a new bilateral air services agreement at the time, appears to be bearing immediate fruits as an announcement was made yesterday by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Transport about the commencement of flights between Colombo and Mahe:

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The Government of Sri Lanka and representatives of the Sri Lankan Airlines has announced that the airline will introduce direct services to Seychelles in October 2013.

The airline will operate three return services per week from Colombo to Seychelles and subject to regulatory approvals, offer a through service to Nairobi.

The announcement was made in the offices of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Transport, at a meeting held between officials of the Government of Sri Lanka, the Government of Seychelles, and representatives from the air transport sectors of the two countries.

Seychelles have agreed to a wide-ranging commercial agreement that will give customers of Sri Lankan Airline convenient access to Air Seychelles’ regional network in the Indian Ocean and South Africa, including additional services from Colombo to Seychelles via Abu Dhabi. Customers of Air Seychelles will in turn enjoy access to new points in Sri Lanka, China, Japan, and Southern India, as well as Nairobi.

Minister Joel Morgan said: “I commend the spirit of collaboration that has developed between the parties here today and the commitment and drive to make the new flights a success. The new services will boost business and leisure traffic to our islands, extend the networks of both airlines in attractive ways and shall delight their customers. This is a great advance in the ties between Seychelles and Sri Lanka and I am confident it will facilitate further development of political and economic relations between the two countries” continued Minister Morgan who reiterated the full support of Government to the venture by Sri Lankan Airlines.

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In a related development was the Seychelles, under the Vanilla Island Cooperation, the driving force to include Sri Lanka as a member in the Indian Ocean island marketing cooperative and flights between the two island countries will greatly enhance the concept of inter island travel and multi island holidays.

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