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Seychelles: Saudi Arabian Airline to Fly to Seychelles Three Times a Week Starting in July

The Saudi Arabian airline Flynas will operate flights to Seychelles three times a week starting July 1, in what amounts to a further expansion of the island nation’s air connectivity to tourism markets, a top government official said Thursday.

The Seychelles’ Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Sylvestre Radegonde, told reporters that “this presents a big opportunity for Seychelles as we can now tap into that market. It will provide Saudi Arabian visitors as well as the expatriate community there with the possibility to fly to Seychelles directly.”

Flynas will fly to Seychelles from Jeddah, with fast connections to or from Riyadh and Dammam. Operating on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the five-hour-and 40-minute flight will be done by an A320 Neo aircraft with a capacity of 174 seats.

The chief executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB), Sherin Francis, said: “We anticipate that this new route will greatly enhance the visibility of our destination in Saudi Arabia and its neighbouring regions… We believe that this will help build travel confidence towards the Seychelles islands. Not having to connect through other countries also makes it easier and more convenient.”

On his side, Ahmed Fathallah, STB representative in the Middle East, said that “for a while now, the lack of direct flights has been a determining factor for travellers in the Kingdom who want to experience Seychelles. These non-stop flights will not only help the travellers but also our trade partners in the travel industry, as this will make it easy for them to direct their valued clients to the sunny islands of Seychelles.”