Abudhabi-based Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced it will commence operations to Mah? in the Republic of Seychelles on November 1, subject to government approval.
Etihad will operate four return services per week from its home base in Abu Dhabi to Seychelles International Airport in Mah?, operating Airbus A320 aircraft on the route, configured with two cabins ? Pearl Business and Coral Economy ? and offering 1,088 seats each week.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways? Chief Executive Officer, said, ?The Seychelles has strong and growing appeal as a premium leisure destination, with increasing numbers of UAE residents and European travellers holidaying there.? In addition to the leisure appeal of the Seychelles, the United Arab Emirates ? and Abu Dhabi in particular ? have an investment interest in the destination, further supporting Etihad?s entry on the route.
The Seychelles is a tiny cluster of islands, comprising of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean, located off the east coast of Africa. The principal islands of Mah?, Praslin and La Digue form the cultural and economic hub of Seychelles, as well as the centre of its tourism industry.
Etihad Holidays has a range of holiday options selected from the most spectacular of the 115 pristine, paradise islands of the Seychelles. Offering experiences for all budgets, Etihad Holidays can create packages for any type of traveller, whether it is for honeymooners or families, sun worshippers or divers. Packages include flights, hotel accommodation, island transfers and any number of the many tours and excursions on offer.
The Seychelles will become the 68th destination on Etihad?s global network.