The Saudi Arabian airline Flynas will function flights to Seychelles thrice every week beginning July 1, in what quantities to an extra growth of the island nation’s air connectivity to tourism markets, a prime authorities official mentioned Thursday.
The Seychelles’ Minister of International Affairs and Tourism, Sylvestre Radegonde, advised reporters that “this presents a giant alternative for Seychelles as we will now faucet into that market. It is going to present Saudi Arabian guests in addition to the expatriate group there with the chance to fly to Seychelles straight.”
Flynas will fly to Seychelles from Jeddah, with quick connections to or from Riyadh and Dammam. Working on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the five-hour-and 40-minute flight will probably be finished by an A320 Neo plane with a capability of 174 seats.
The chief government of the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB), Sherin Francis, mentioned: “We anticipate that this new route will drastically improve the visibility of our vacation spot in Saudi Arabia and its neighbouring areas… We consider that this can assist construct journey confidence in direction of the Seychelles islands. Not having to attach by way of different international locations additionally makes it simpler and extra handy.”
On his facet, Ahmed Fathallah, STB consultant within the Center East, mentioned that “for some time now, the shortage of direct flights has been a figuring out issue for travellers within the Kingdom who need to expertise Seychelles. These continuous flights won’t solely assist the travellers but additionally our commerce companions within the journey business, as this can make it straightforward for them to direct their valued purchasers to the sunny islands of Seychelles.”
In the meantime, Seychelles, an archipelago within the western Indian Ocean and Saudi Arabia are in search of to enhance commerce between the 2 international locations in addition to have interaction the non-public sector in initiatives that may mirror within the optimistic growth of the island nation.
The assertion was made by the Minister of State for African Nations Affairs of Saudi Arabia, Ahmed Kattan following an official go to to the Seychelles’ president, Wavel Ramkalawan, at State Home.
“I reaffirm to his excellency the president of Seychelles the Kingdom’s honest curiosity in strengthening the vital relations between our two international locations, acknowledging the unity of our positions in direction of points that matter to each our international locations. I even have the pleasure to mirror on his royal highness, the topped prince initiatives – Saudi Inexperienced Initiative and the Center-East Initiative – aiming to answer local weather change and defending the surroundings,” mentioned Kattan.
He additionally affirmed his nation’s help for growth in Africa and introduced that the nation will probably be making out there a sum of $1 billion, by way of the Saudi Fund for Improvement in Africa, this yr.
Radegonde mentioned that this fund will probably be out there for all African international locations to faucet into for various initiatives, particularly the non-public sector.
“We might want to work on the totally different initiatives or actions that we’ll current to them to be assessed. This isn’t cash that’s being given away, they’re being loaned out or will contain each events. There could be initiatives referring to fisheries, tourism or agriculture, something that’s of curiosity to us,” mentioned Radegonde.