Air Seychelles passenger numbers up 38pc
Seychelles, June 11, 2014
Air Seychelles, the national airline of Seychelles, has seen 38.2 per cent increase in passenger numbers during the first quarter of the year, as compared to the same period last year.
The passenger numbers on the airline’s international network increased 77.3 per cent, as a result of more traffic between the Seychelles and Abu Dhabi, Mauritius, Johannesburg and Hong Kong, said a statement.
Its revenues were up 66 per cent attributable to improved connectivity with codeshare partner, Etihad Airways’ global network and enhance cargo services.
The cargo tonnage for the period rose 126.8 per cent, driven by strong demand from Paris, Hong Kong and Johannesburg, enhancements to Air Seychelles’ on-ground cargo handling capability in Mahe, and the launch of Seychelles domestic cargo services.
Manoj Papa, chief executive officer, said: “Our Q1 passenger and cargo performance indicates that we are delivering on our mandate to support the Seychelles economy both through tourism and trade.
“We remain committed to meeting these objectives in the months and years ahead, by building depth and scale into our network, organically and through partnerships, taking delivery of new aircraft, hiring more Seychellois, and bringing more guests and trade to the Seychelles.
At the end of the period, Air Seychelles’ combined passenger and cargo network stood at five destinations in the Seychelles, Africa, Europe and Asia.
The airline also has codeshare partnerships with airberlin, Cathay Pacific Airways, Etihad Airways, and South African Airways, extending its network to 39 cities around the world. - TradeArabia News Service