FROM FOUR TO FIVE FLIGHTS PER WEEK IS ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES RAISING SEAT CAPACITY TO MAHE BY 25 PERCENT
(Posted 12th October 2016)
Come 16th of December, just in time for the peak festive season travel, will Ethiopian Airlines add a fifth weekly flight between Addis Ababa and Mahe, the Seychelles’ main island.
The extra flight, also due to be operated with a Boeing B737-800NG, will leave Addis Ababa at 10.45 hrs local time, land in the Seychelles at 15.35 hrs and then start the return journey at 17.15 hrs before landing again in Addis at 19.45 hrs.
This schedule allows direct connections both ways from Ethiopian’s intercontinental network.
The Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, said when making the announcement: ‘Air transport being a vital component of the tourist appeal and the driving factor for economic growth in general, we have been serving our beloved continent for seven decades, offering convenient connectivity options to more than 52 African cities. Seychelles being Africa’s premier tourist destination, with the natural attractions of the archipelagos, we have now added a fifth weekly service to provide more options for passengers flying from any part of the world to the Seychelles and vice versa through our strategic hub at Addis Ababa. As per our growth strategy, vision 2025, we shall continue to increase our presence in Africa, so as to better promote and facilitate growth in the business and tourism sectors‘.
Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture has welcomed this increase in frequency by Ethiopian Airlines when he said: ‘This latest announcement is music to our ears and to the tourism industry of Seychelles. We depend entirely on air access for the consolidation of our tourism industry. Five flights a week by Ethiopian Airlines is indeed good news‘ Minister St.Ange said to Meseret Tekalign, the Area Manager of Ethiopian Airlines based in Seychelles.
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