AIR Seychelles will introduce in February 2013 thrice-weekly services between the Seychelles and Hong Kong via Abu Dhabi, using Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
With the Abu Dhabi-Hong Kong leg operated via a codeshare with Etihad Airways, the additional capacity will boost Air Seychelles’ services to Abu Dhabi to seven flights a week.
Cramer Ball, CEO, Air Seychelles, said: “The Seychelles needs a national carrier which can support the growing number of travellers into the archipelago, not just from our historical markets in Europe, but also the powerful emerging ones.
“Hong Kong’s economy is among the fastest growing in the world, supporting a booming middle class with a high disposable income per capita by global standards.
“These factors have brought a remarkable increase in the number of travellers coming out of the region in recent years. In fact, since 2010, the number of travellers coming to the Seychelles from Hong Kong has more than doubled.”
Offering connections to more than 30 destinations across China, Japan and Australasia, Hong Kong is also seen as a gateway for expanding Air Seychelles’ reach within Asia-Pacific.