Air Seychelles passengers up a third in first quarter

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Air Seychelles passenger numbers rose more than a third in the first quarter to reach just over 95,000.

The airline, in which Etihad Airways holds a stake and management contract, carried 38% more passengers in the first three months of the year. This includes passengers on its international network, up 77%,driven by increased traffic on routes to Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Johannesburg and Mauritius. It also cites a 66% increase in revenue from its improved connectivity with Etihad.

“Our Q1 passenger and cargo performance indicates that we are delivering on our mandate to support the Seychelles economy both through tourism and trade, says Air Seychelles chief executive Manoj Papa. “We remain committed to meeting these objectives in the months and years ahead, by building depth and scale into our network, organically and through partnerships, taking delivery of new aircraft, hiring more Seychellois, and bringing more guests and trade to the Seychelles.