NOW ETIHAD WILL FLY TO THE SEYCHELLES
Information was confirmed overnight that Etihad, the national airline of Abu Dhabi, has also decided to add the Creole Island Paradise of the Seychelles to their list of destinations.
From November 01st Etihad will fly initially four times a week with an Airbus A 320 to the archipelago, joining the double daily flights by Emirates and the now daily flights by Qatar Airways.
Etihad’s decision was greeted with enthusiasm by the island’s tourism and business fraternities and warmly welcomed by the Seychelles Tourist Board.
Almost 1.100 seats are being added from November each week, helping the archipelago to fill beds in new resorts now coming on line and becoming more visible around the world as Ethihad will start to market their new destination.
The recent Royal Honeymoon as driven interest in the Seychelles to near frenzy levels, as not only British couples but couples from all over the world are now seeking to ‘copycat’ the young Royal’s honeymoon choice and North Island, the actual location of the honeymoon, appears to be awash with enquiries.
Abu Dhabi, part of the UAE and seat of the Presidency of the UAE, has in recent years become a strong partner of the Seychelles, and business links and investments on the archipelago have grown in leaps and bounds, with a warm friendship also developing between the Ruler of Abu Dhabi and the President of the Seychelles James Alix Michel.
An entire range of holiday options is now being prepared to be launched by Etihad Holidays, giving a variety of choices of different levels of accommodation in different islands.
Ethihad’s Airbus A 320 will offer 16 premium seats and 120 economy class seats on the route and will operate as flight number EY 621/2 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, although the airline left their option open to add more flights as market demand takes up the available seats.
When will ETIHAD fly to Mauritius?
That depends on applying for and obtaining traffic rights, something the government in Mauritius has been very frugal about in order to protect Air Mauritius, inspite of growing pressure to open up the skies to boost tourism arrivals.
Would be great to see Etihad and Qatar Airways in Mauritius – but because of Emirates dominence, would this happen ?. Remember, Virgin Atlantic stopped operations to Mauritius perhaps because of competition from British Airways, Air Mauritius and Emirates
Mauritian government must take a decision- either go with innovations in marketing or doom to collapse. So many reports have been published that the economy will benefit so much but our leaders are too reluctant or brainless or balless (LOL!!!) to take the proper steps to modernize the economy. Bravo Seychelles and may be some of our leaders must go to the Seychelles for some training in decision-making.
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