Air Seychelles commences twice weekly flights to Colombo
Daily FT: The inaugural flight of Air Seychelles’ twice-weekly service to Colombo arrived in the early hours of 21 June, a significant development being the first new carrier to launch in Sri Lanka post-pandemic.
The four-hour flight from the airline’s home base Mahe, Seychelles is every Tuesday and Saturdays and departure from Colombo is every Wednesdays and Sundays from 07:35 hours.
The flights will be served by the airline’s Airbus A320 Neo aircraft in a 12 business class and 156 economy class configuration.
The Seychelles national carrier has been flying for over 45 years. Wholly owned by the Government of Seychelles, the carrier operates regionally from its home in Mahe to Tel Aviv, Johannesburg, Mumbai and Mauritius with state of the art Airbus A320neo’s. Domestically the carrier operates up to 30 roundtrips a day to Praslin, the second largest island in the archipelago, along with various routes to other islands on its twin-otter fleet.
In 2022, Air Seychelles managed to retain the most coveted title of ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline’ at the 29th edition of the World Travel Awards as well as, ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline Business Class’, ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Cabin Crew’ and ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline Lounge’.
Many international airlines have increased the number of flights operated to Sri Lanka. This is indicative of the increasing numbers of foreign travelers visiting the country. The economic activities and the steady growth of the country’s tourism industry have increased the arrival of foreign business travelers and tourists to Sri Lanka. Apart from the growth in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry and the expansion in business/investment opportunities attached to the industry, the increasing number of foreign flights arriving in the country also indicates an increase in business/investment opportunities in Sri Lanka’s airport and aviation sectors. The increasing air travel and passenger movements shows a clear need for the development of supplementary infrastructure facilities required by the airport and aviation sector to accommodate the increasing numbers. Foreign businesses/investors could therefore explore the growing opportunities in Sri Lanka’s airport and aviation sector. The government of Sri Lanka has already indicated the needs in the airport and aviation sector, especially given the need for increased accessibility.
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