Air Seychelles increases reach into South Africa

AIR SEYCHELLES REACHES FURTHER INTO SOUTHAFRICA WITH NEW CODE SHARES

(Posted 08th November 2013)

Air Seychelles has announced an increase in codeshared flights to destinations within South Africa, in conjunction with South African Airways, substantially increasing its reach into key markets beyond Johannesburg.

New are 6 codeshared flights each from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth, which will link visitors going to the Seychelles directly to the three Air Seychelles Airbus A330 flights which operate each week between the two countries. During the peak tourism season Air Seychelles will add 5 more flights from Mahe to Johannesburg, on December (2013) 14, 21 and 28 and January (2014) 04 and 11 to meet the sharp rise in demand for seats to the islands. These flights are codeshared with South African but operated by Air Seychelles as are the 6 flights from Mahe to Praslin which have been designated as code share flights. It is understood from usually well informed sources close to the airline that discussions are already underway to add more regional destinations in Southern Africa to the present code share deal, as well as destinations outside the African continent, there mainly looking at South African Airways’ South and North American destinations, which would offer the most direct link in terms of flight distance and routing from there to the Seychelles.

Cramer Ball, Air Seychelles’ CEO, was quoted to have said on the occasion of making the announcement of the increased code share partnership: ‘Thanks to our new codeshare expansion, South Africa’s regional cities are more accessible than ever to our guests. It is the logical next step in our cooperation, which has seen solid quarter-to-quarter traffic growth on the Johannesburg-Seychelles route since the partnership began in May. With the help of South African Airways, we look forward to extending awareness of our beautiful islands in these four cities, appealing to a new generation of business and leisure travellers, thereby providing revenue that will contribute to the future of our airline and our home economy’.

Details on the various schedules of code shared flights can be accessed via www.airseychelles.com

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