#AirSeychelles gets overflight rights from Saudi Arabia

(Posted 03rd August 2022)

Air Seychelles today achieved another important milestone in its flights between Israel and
Seychelles. The carrier became the first airline to receive permission from the Saudi Arabian
authorities to overfly their territory on flights between the two countries. Saudi Arabia announced
last month that flights operating to and from Israel would be allowed to use this airspace, which
previously was highly restricted with few exemptions.

Sandy Benoiton, acting CEO of Air Seychelles said: “The granting of this airspace is very significant for
the airline. The fact that the flight can now fly in a more direct manner and a higher altitude also
means a reduction in fuel burn between 500kg-1000kg per flight. In addition to this important
environmental benefit, it means the aircraft can now carry an additional twenty passengers per
flight and eliminates the payload restriction previously employed. This ultimately will have a positive
impact on the number of Israelis implementing their dream of a holiday in Seychelles – rightly
perceived as The Paradise on earth

The first flight to access this new route was today, Wednesday 03rd of August, flight HM#21 between Tel Aviv’s
Ben Gurion Airport and Seychelles International Airport. The flight’s Captain was Ronny Morel who
commented: “It was a joy to operate today’s flight which overflew Jordan and Saudi Arabian airspace
en route to Seychelles. The Saudi air traffic controllers were extremely helpful and allowed us to
navigate with optimal conditions for passenger comfort.

Air Seychelles currently flies three times per week between Tel Aviv and Seychelles non-stop, and an
additional weekly flight to Seychelles via Male, Maldives.

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