Seychelles: New tourist opening – The first flight connecting the Seychelles and Romania lands in the island nation
The first in a series of charter flights between Seychelles and Romania touched down at Pointe Larue International Airport on Friday morning.
The eight-hour non-stop flight operated by Air Seychelles’ A320neo airliner with 162 passengers touched down at 9:50 a.m.
The national airline of Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, will operate a series of new charter flights from Romania’s capital and most important shopping center, Bucharest, from Friday April 30 to Monday May 17, 2021.
Air Seychelles chief executive Remco Althuis said that due to the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, passengers’ desire for more direct flights has become even more vital.
“We are delighted to now connect Bucharest to Seychelles for the first time, again fulfilling our mandate to increase tourism to Seychelles. Based on the success we have had so far with this market, we are planning more of these. charters later in the year As Air Seychelles is also constantly exploring new potential source markets, we look forward to announcing additional destinations in the near future.
To support the tourism industry, the main contributor to the Seychelles economy, and to strengthen the link between Bucharest and the island nation, Air Seychelles will also operate additional charter services in August and December on this route.
For her part, Sherin Francis, Director General of the Seychelles Tourist Board who has been appointed Principal Secretary of Tourism, thanked the national airline for helping to make the destination more accessible to visitors.
“We have noticed since last year a pent-up demand from Eastern European countries. Air connectivity is crucial in helping us convert these demands into Seychelles vacation sales. Thanks to Air Seychelles, we have managed to seize this opportunity and we hope to be able to further develop the activity from other countries in the same region with our national airline ”, she added.
In a bid to revive its tourism industry, Seychelles reopened its borders on March 24 to all visitors except those directly from South Africa. However, the island nation recently issued new travel measures for some countries due to worsening COVID-19 outbreaks, including Brazil, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.