550,000 passengers and counting. Today is a proud day for Air Seychelles. The National Airline of the Seychelles was able to increase passengers number from 522,873 in 2015 to more than 550,000 in 2016
The airline’s total passenger figure for 2016 is set to rise even further as the end-of-year travel peak comes to a close, signaling another year of strong operational growth for Air Seychelles.
The 550,000th passenger was Mikhaylov Konstantin, traveling with his wife Natalia Prygoda on flight HM187 from Abu Dhabi to Seychelles, where the couple has planned to celebrate the New Year festivities.
Meanwhile was the airline’s 200,000th domestic passenger and the first guest over the 550,000 milestone Bernadette Laurete, who flew today on the Air Seychelles domestic network from Praslin to Mahe.
Roy Kinnear, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles, said on the occasion: ‘Air Seychelles continues to go from strength to strength and we are delighted to announce today that we have set a new record of 550,000 total passengers of which 200,000 have travelled on our domestic services. It’s a fantastic way to close out the year and we are confident the upwards trend will continue in 2017 as we expand our network to Düsseldorf in Germany, Durban in South Africa and increasing Paris frequency from three to four weekly services, boosting our passenger-carrying capacity even further. To achieve another successive year of operational growth is a clear sign that our strategy of focusing on sustainable development at Air Seychelles continues to produce good results for the country and the people of Seychelles’.
Air Seychelles has experienced strong growth in its domestic and international operations in 2016, registering a 6.7 per cent increase in the number of passengers carried between January and November compared to last year.
The airline is ranked as a four-star carrier by global aviation auditing service Skytrax and operates as a partner of Etihad Airways.
Meanwhile is Seychelles the country inching closer to the magical 300.000th visitor this year with a day and a half still to go and all inbound flights said to be sold out. A team of the Seychelles Tourism Board and very likely the new Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Mr. Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, will be at the airport to celebrate this milestone which only years ago seemed almost impossible to reach.