Oct 05, 2018: The national airline of Seychelles, Air Seychelles and the flag carrier of India, Air India have signed a codeshare agreement to offer enhanced connection to travellers on their respective networks.

Under this new codeshare agreement, Air India will place its ‘AI’ code on Air Seychelles regional services between Mumbai to the Seychelles and onwards to Johannesburg. Similarly, Air Seychelles will place its ‘HM’ code on Air India domestic services to eight cities including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Kochi, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Trivandrum and also on its international services between Mumbai and Bangkok.

PS Kharola, chairman and MD, Air India said, “India has a huge latent market for leisure travel owing to the burgeoning middle class and rising disposable incomes. Air India is ensuring that we reap the benefit of this growth in outbound and inbound tourism by adding new destinations through our own network and through alliances. This partnership with Air Seychelles will enable our customers to have a direct access to this beautiful archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Our vast domestic network will ensure a seamless travel experience from all parts of India to the direct flight between Mumbai and Seychelles.’’

Remco Althuis, CEO of Air Seychelles said, “India is a very important market for Air Seychelles and we are pleased to grow our commercial ties with Air India as part of our strategy to offer our guests greater choice and connectivity. Apart from providing services to the beautiful islands of the Seychelles, guests travelling from India can also enjoy seamless connection in less than three hours over the Seychelles to Johannesburg. In fact, as from December 10 this year, Air Seychelles will provide an additional 544 seats per week between Seychelles and Johannesburg to accommodate the growing demand over the upcoming Winter and Easter period thus, offering holidaymakers and business travellers from India more choice when planning their travel during the peak seasons.”

The codeshare agreement was signed by PS Kharola and Remco Althuis, at Air India’s headquarters in Delhi, India, in the presence of the senior management team and staff members of both airlines.

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