July 08, 2019: Air Seychelles has launched seasonal twice a week service to Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar.

The inaugural flight to Ivato International Airport was operated by the A320 aircraft %u2018 Amirates' named in honour of one of the largest group of coral outer islands in Seychelles.

The principal secretary for civil aviation ports and marine, Alan Renaud was amongst the delegation on the inaugural flight together with the airline's chief financial officer, Michael Berlouis and head of corporate affairs, Sheryl Barra. Addressing the guests at the airport during the welcoming ceremony, Berlouis said, "We are delighted to launch this twice-weekly seasonal service to Antananarivo to facilitate the flow of tourism between Madagascar and Seychelles as well as across the Indian Ocean. This achievement has been made possible with the continued support of our partners that is the government of Madagascar, airport authorities, among others. The seasonal service providing a total of 8,432 seats will, in addition, offer convenient air links for business and leisure travellers planning their trip to Mumbai or Abu Dhabi with seamless connectivity in less than three hours over Seychelles. We are thus excited to connect travellers to our Mah hub and to provide access to more destinations across our network."

Renaud stated, "Air Seychelles' resumption of services to Madagascar caps an electrifying week of expanded connections between our archipelago and the rest of the Indian Ocean, and that it takes place in a year where Seychelles has assumed the presidency of the Vanilla Islands, pleases us to no end. The airline business is never easy for any company, but having a robust plan is a key and we are thrilled to see our airline's well-considered strategy, data-driven and founded on vigorous regional flying, continue to unfurl."

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