Tuesday, October 30, 2012

► HONG KONG: Air Seychelles to start 3x weekly Hong Kong via Abu Dhabi flights from 2013.

Air SeychellesSeychelles national carrier (HM), today announced intentions to start flights between Mahé, Seychelles and Hong Kong (SAR) China via Abu Dhabi, UAE effective February 2013.

Air Seychelles first A330 "Aldabra"
Air Seychelles first A330 "Aldabra" (Air Seychelles)
The 3x weekly service, operated as a codeshare with partner Etihad Airways (EY), will start once the carrier's second Airbus A330-200 arrives in January 2013.

Air Seychelles (HM): Mahé (Seychelles) - Abu Dhabi (UAE) - Kong Kong
- Effective ? February 2013
  • HM086 SEZ 1530 - 2000 AUH 2120 - 0840+1 HKG 332 | 247
  • HM087 HKG 1800 - 2330 AUH 0200+1 - 0640 SEZ 332 | 135

Commenting on the new route, Cramer Ball, Air Seychelles’ Chief Executive Officer, said:
Hong Kong’s economy is among the fastest growing in the world, supporting a booming middle class with a high disposable income per capita by global standards.
“These factors have brought a remarkable increase in the number of travellers coming out of the region in recent years. In fact, since 2010, the number of travellers coming to the Seychelles from Hong Kong has more than doubled.
“We see Hong Kong as a significant driver for future tourism growth in the Seychelles, so we are positioning Air Seychelles to seize the opportunity and support this vital market.”

The Seychellois airline has also confirmed an increase in services to Abu Dhabi, from four to seven return services per week, a key part of a larger business plan approved by the airline’s Board of Directors.