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Emirates to operate double daily services to the Seychelles

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Two additional weekly flights increase choices available to travellers

A Hawksbill turtle swims in the beautiful clear waters of the Seychelles. Photo courtesy Tony Baskeyfield, STB.

A Hawksbill turtle swims in the beautiful clear waters of the Seychelles. Photo courtesy Tony Baskeyfield, STB.

Emirates, which flies daily direct from Lusaka to Dubai and Harare, has announced it will step up its operations to the Seychelles by increasing services to double daily later this year.

The introduction of two more flights per week on the route from Dubai into the Seychelles will increase the existing 12 scheduled flights to fourteen bringing operations to double daily from the 28th of October this year.

“Emirates’ decision to commit two additional scheduled flights a week is a clear indication of customer demand, both for our award-winning product and the wealth of attractions that this popular destination has to offer,” said Orhan Abbas, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Latin America, Central and Southern Africa. “Emirates’ expanded schedule provides better connectivity and a wider choice for our customers connecting through Dubai. These additional seats every week are central to helping us meet the growing demand and support the Seychelles tourism industry,” he continued.

Beach at Grand Soeur Island (Sisters Island) with Praslin in the background.  Situated between the islands of Praslin and La Digue. Photo courtesy Raymond Sahuquet, STB.

Beach at Grand Soeur Island (Sisters Island) with Praslin in the background. Situated between the islands of Praslin and La Digue. Photo courtesy Raymond Sahuquet, STB.

“On behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and the Seychelles Tourism Board, I congratulate Emirates on the announcement that Seychelles will be served with two additional flights per week, offering customers excellent choice with its three-class configuration. This is indeed good news for our tourism industry which remains the pillar of our country’s economy. Emirates has been a strong partner for us and the increase of flights to double daily shows the commitment of the airline to the Seychelles. It also indicates Emirates’ belief that the Seychelles tourism industry is today, more than ever before, on a firm footing”, said Alain St. Ange, Minister of Tourism and Culture for the Seychelles.

Emirates operates an Airbus A340-500 on the route, offering customers a choice of cabins with 12 luxurious private suites in First Class, 42 deeply reclining Business Class seats and plenty of room to relax in Economy Class, where there are 204 seats available.

Passengers can enjoy the award-winning ice entertainment system, with hundreds of channels of on-demand entertainment to choose from, including movies from around the world, TV channels, audio channels, video games and news headlines.

Anse Lazio Beach, situated on Praslin. Voted as one of the top 25 beaches in the world in the Choice Beaches Award 2013 by Trip Advisor. Photo courtesy Gerard Larose, STB.

Anse Lazio Beach, situated on Praslin. Voted as one of the top 25 beaches in the world in the Choice Beaches Award 2013 by Trip Advisor. Photo courtesy Gerard Larose, STB.

Emirates customers also have the opportunity to enjoy meals prepared by gourmet chefs and exceptional service from the international cabin crew recruited from over 130 nationalities, speaking over 55 languages.  They receive a generous baggage allowance, with 30kg for those travelling in Economy Class, 40kg for Business Class and 50kg for First Class.

The Seychelles comprises 115 pristine, tropical islands, 1,600 km from the East coast of Africa. This archipelago contains the only mid-ocean granitic islands on the planet and offers sanctuaries for numerous endemic species of flora and fauna that are amongst the rarest on earth. The islands are also home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: The Vallée de Mai, upon whose ancient palms grows the wondrous Coco-de-mer and fabled Aldabra, the largest raised atoll in the world. Throughout the islands there are unparalleled opportunities for sailing on bare-boat or skippered yacht, deep-sea and fly-fishing as well as a broad diversity of dive experiences for the novice and experienced diver alike