Air Seychelles is set to launch non-stop flights between Mahe and Beijing by January 2016
According to the Seychelles government, this would be the first direct air link between the two countries, following regulatory approvals.
Air Seychelles chairman Joël Morgan said, “The start of this service next year is especially fitting as Seychelles and China will celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations established in 1976, and I am confident our friendship will continue to strengthen with this important new air bridge.”
China has become the sixth largest source of tourism in the island nation, with around 13,000 visitors recorded this year alone. With a dedicated flight service, Air Seychelles hopes to bring in more travellers. The minister also added that inaugurating this route could also provide options to operate in other major Chinese cities.
The route will be operated using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 18 business class and 236 economy class seats, offering more than 13,000 incremental annual seats into Seychelles, confirmed airline officials.