Tuesday, August 13, 2013

► SEYCHELLES: SriLankan Airlines eyeing a 3x weekly Colombo - Seychelles and on to Nairobi service.

After the recent signing of a Bilateral Air Services Agreement between the two countries, the Seychellois Ministry of Home Affairs and Transport has announced tentative plans by Sri Lanka's national carrier, SriLankan Airlines (UL) to commence services between Colombo, Mahé and possibly Nairobi in October 2013.

ColomboNews states the airline will operate three return flights per week from Colombo to Mahé, the largest island of Seychelles and, subject to regulatory approvals by the Kenyan authorities, will offer a through service to Nairobi.
"Seychelles have agreed to a wide-ranging commercial agreement that will give customers of SriLankan Airline convenient access to Air Seychelles' regional network in the Indian Ocean and South Africa, including additional services from Colombo to Seychelles via Abu Dhabi. Customers of Air Seychelles will in turn enjoy access to new points in Sri Lanka, China, Japan, and Southern India, as well as Nairobi," the announcement said.
During Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's visit to Seychelles in June, the two countries signed an agreement to establish direct air links as a way to catalyze the trade and tourism between the two island nations.

No flights reflect on the GDS as of this posting.