The flag carrier of the Republic of Seychelles, Air Seychelles, and Qatar Airways have officially established a codeshare partnership. Presently, Qatar Airways operates a daily flight between Doha’s Hamad International Airport (HIA) and Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) on Mahé Island, with morning arrivals and evening departures from Mahé, conveniently connecting the two destinations.
Through this recently established codeshare agreement, Qatar Airways will apply its airline code to Air Seychelles’ flights operating between Mahé and Praslin. This collaboration allows passengers to seamlessly continue their travel with a single booking, simplifying their journey.
Air Seychelles initiated its long-haul operations in 1983, offering flights to various destinations such as Johannesburg, Mauritius, and Mumbai. On the domestic front, it serves as a vital link between Mahé and Praslin and conducts charter services across the archipelago. For its domestic network, Air Seychelles relies on a fleet of five Twin Otter TurboProps to facilitate transportation between Mahé and Praslin.
Captain Sandy Benoiton, the Acting CEO of Air Seychelles, expressed that this fresh collaboration would open up new avenues for passengers, allowing them to access unique destinations and enjoy enhanced connectivity across both airline networks.
Qatar Airways has a global network comprising approximately 160 destinations. In recent months, the airline has made significant updates to its network, including the addition of seven new destinations for this year: Chittagong, Juba, Kinshasa, Lyon, Medan, Toulouse, and Trabzon. Moreover, Qatar Airways plans to resume flights to 11 destinations in 2023, including Beijing, Birmingham, Buenos Aires, Casablanca, Davao, Marrakesh, Nice, Osaka, Phnom Penh, Ras Al Khaimah, and Tokyo Haneda. Additionally, the carrier has announced an impressive 35 frequency increases to various destinations, such as London Heathrow, Zurich, Manila, and Dusseldorf, among others.
Akbar Al Baker, the Group CEO of Qatar Airways, further emphasized that their strategic approach of enhancing connectivity with African markets aligns perfectly with this extended partnership with Air Seychelles. The two airlines are delighted to join forces in providing passengers with a broader range of travel options and contributing to the growth of the tourism industry in Seychelles.