Emirates Airline has announced a 100 percent increase in frequency between Dubai and the Seychelles. By the end of the year, the Indian Ocean island nation will be serviced by 14 flights every week. On 28 March 2011, the airline bumped up its services from seven to 12 weekly flights. Two further frequencies will be added to the winter 2011 schedule, making it a double daily service.
“Compared to January 2010, we are increasing the capacity between Dubai and the Seychelles by 350%,” said Majid Al Mualla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations for West Asia & the Indian Ocean. “This is remarkable by any standards. The increase in frequency is the fruit of all our efforts and investment in promoting the Seychelles across our network. Our recent campaigns have stepped up demand for the route as well as opened up new feeder markets. The increasing number of tourists will welcome these additional flights as they will have more travel options and better connectivity.”
In 2010, 176,088 tourists visited the Seychelles – an 11% increase over the previous year. Since the launch of Emirates’ service to the archipelago in 2005, the number of tourists from Russia and Asia has doubled.