Seychelles Airlines applies for AOC

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Start-up carrier Seychelles Airlines has formally submitted an application for an air operator’s certificate from the islands’ civil aviation authority.

The carrier submitted its application on 27 June and is understood to be planning to start flights from the main island Mahe to key European destinations in France, Germany and Italy.

Flightglobal’s Innovata schedules show that the Seychelles are currently only connected to Europe via a Condor flight to Frankfurt, while national airline Air Seychelles, which is part-owned by Etihad Airways, is focused on domestic, African and Asian destinations. In July, Air Seychelles will start services to Paris via Abu Dhabi.

The Seychelle Airlines application was submitted by Intershore Aviation, one of a number of companies owned by Seychellois lawyer and politician Philippe Boulle.

Once this certificate is granted, the new airline will be able to apply for an air transport licence from the national ministry of home affairs and transport.

Ahmed Afif has been named chief executive of Seychelles Airlines.