TEL AVIV FLIGHTS TO TAP INTO ISRAEL’S OUTBOUND TOURISM POTENTIAL
(Posted 10th July 2019)
Air Seychelles has announced the commencement of a new service linking the Seychelles and Israel’s largest metropolitan area, Tel Aviv effective 27th of November this year.
The new service will depart from Mahe on Wednesday evenings with the returning flight departing Tel Aviv the following day. The flight has been timed to provide business and leisure traveller’s convenient connections via the Seychelles to and from Mauritius, Johannesburg and Mumbai.
The 6 hour and 20 minutes flight will be operated by the airlines’ new Airbus A320neo aircraft ‘Veuve, S7-VEV’ which offers 12 Business Class and 156 Economy Class seats. The new aircraft is scheduled to be delivered by the end of July, also featuring the new inflight entertainment platform SeyStream that will allow free wireless downloads of movies and TV shows on guests personal devices.
Air Seychelles will also add EL AL Airlines to its list of interline partners as part of its network expansion to provide onward connections to over 20 destinations across Europe via the Ben Gurion International Airport.
Michael Berlouis, Chief Financial Officer of Air Seychelles said: “The creation of the first ever air corridor between the Seychelles and Tel Aviv will strengthen business, tourism and cultural ties between the two countries in addition to boosting traffic and onward connections to other destinations across our network. We have taken a very cautious approach by partnering with tour operators in Tel Aviv to secure the majority of seats to be sold from Tel Aviv as one or two weeks packaged holidays in the Seychelles and Mauritius to ensure we guarantee the profitability of the year round business. Seychelles is considered as a safe and secure destination for Israeli’s hence the once per week service will enable us to open up the Seychelles market, evaluate and develop the destination further in addition to exploring the possibility of even introducing the second Airbus A320neo on the route if need be as Tel Aviv has a high GPD per capita. We are also expecting to gain significant volumes of traffic from the European market once we have established the agreement with El Al Airlines of which we are working closely with at the moment.”
Passengers travelling from the Seychelles to Tel Aviv can take advantage of the attractive launch fares already on sale starting from SCR9400. The fares will be valid for purchase until 16 July 2019, for travel between 27th of November 2019 until the 25th of March, 2020.
The tickets are available for purchase via the Air Seychelles website at www.airseychelles.com, by contacting the Air Seychelles Call Centre on +248 439 1000 or through the travel agents.
It is expected that the Seychelles Tourism Board will tap into the new market by promoting vacations on the paradise islands as for the first time will Israelis have the opportunity to travel nonstop to Mahe without lengthy detours through other hubs in Europe.