Air Seychelles has launched its first flights to India.
The carrier commenced services from Mahe to Mumbai this week, and will now operate the route three times a week using a 136-seat, two-class Airbus A320 aircraft.
Onboard the maiden flight was a high-profile delegation including Manoj Papa, CEO of Air Seychelles, Sherin Naiken, CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, and Freddy Karkaria, chairman of the Seychelles Hospitality & Tourism Association.
Papa called Mumbai a “key strategic addition” to Air Seychelles’ route map.
“Our three weekly services, which have a capacity of over 21,000 annual seats, will increase the flow of tourism and trade from India into Seychelles and help boost traffic to our archipelago from the wider Asia region,” Papa said.
“As a popular gateway to India, we have optimised our schedule to offer seamless two-way connections from Mumbai to cities such as Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad, simplifying the travel options for both inbound and outbound passengers.
“We expect strong feed to Seychelles and our new destinations, Dar es Salaam and Antananarivo, as well as Mauritius and Johannesburg, all of which have a sizeable Indian diaspora,” he added.
The outbound flight HM260 will now operate every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, departing Mahe at 2045 and arriving in Mumbai at 0255 the next morning. The return service will leave Mumbai at 0400 every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and arrive back in the Seychelles at 0700 am the same day.