Qatar Airways has announced a codeshare agreement with Air Seychelles, the flag carrier of the Republic of Seychelles.
With Qatar Airways currently serving over 160 destinations worldwide, the agreement will mean travellers from Africa, America, Asia and Europe will be able to connect to and from Seychelles through its hub in Doha, Hamad International Airport (HIA).
Flight coding in Seychelles
Currently, Qatar Airways operates a daily flight between HIA and Seychelles International Airport (SEZ), located on the Island of Mahé, near the capital city of Victoria.
The airline currently operates a morning arrival and evening departure from Mahé Island.
Under the new codeshare agreement, Qatar Airways will place its code on Air Seychelles’ operated flights between Mahé and Praslin and enable passengers to continue their journey conveniently using a single booking.
Praslin is home to the pristine Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site along with palm-fringed beaches, like Anse Georgette and Anse Lazio, both bordered by large granite boulders.
Passengers will now be able to book their travel with both airlines, through online travel agencies, as well as with local travel agents.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Our strategy of facilitating connectivity to African markets through partnerships is in line with this enhanced cooperation with Air Seychelles.”
“Our two airlines are pleased to work together to benefit passengers with more travel choices and to support the tourism industry in Seychelles.”
About Air Seychelles
Air Seychelles is the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles. It was established in 1977 and is headquartered at Seychelles International Airport on the island of Mahé. The airline operates inter-island and international flights and charter flights.
Air Seychelles’ fleet consists of a mix of Airbus A320neo and De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft. The airline offers two classes of service on its international flights: Business Class and Economy Class.
Air Seychelles’ main destinations include Johannesburg, Mauritius, Mumbai, Tel Aviv, and Paris. The airline also operates a number of domestic flights between the islands of Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue.
Air Seychelles is a member of the Vanilla Alliance, a group of airlines that offer codeshare flights and other travel benefits to their customers.
The airline has received a number of awards, including the World Travel Awards’ “Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline” in 2021. The airline’s motto is “Flying the Creole Spirit.”
Air Seychelles maintains its domestic network with a fleet of five Twin Otter TurboProps operating between Mahé and Praslin as well as charter flights. The airline celebrated 45 years in October 2022 and won the title ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline’ at the World Travel Awards held in Kenya.
Air Seychelles, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Captain Sandy Benoiton, said: “This new partnership will provide passengers with new connection opportunities and access to unique destinations from both networks.”