Picture: ISTOCK
Picture: ISTOCK

Air Seychelles will begin a new direct flight to Durban’s King Shaka International Airport in the new year.

The new route will operate twice a week using an Airbus A320 aircraft starting on March 20.

It will be the airline’s second route to SA, after Johannesburg, where it flies five times per week. This will expand Air Seychelles’ international network to nine destinations.

"With the increased air connectivity from the Seychelles comes further growth of our tourism business," Sihle Zikalala, KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, said on Friday.

Travellers can already buy tickets with round-trip economy class fares starting at R5,000 and business class fares from R15,000.

Air Seychelles CEO Roy Kinnear said: "The Durban flight schedule will offer seamless connectivity options to Düsseldorf (Germany), Mumbai and onwards to nine codeshare destinations in India (via Seychelles).

"As one of our strongest markets, we are happy to expand our presence in SA with new flights to Durban and increased seat capacity to Johannesburg," he said.

Air Seychelles also plans to start a two-flights-a-week service to Düsseldorf in March 2017, upgrade its Paris service with an extra fourth weekly frequency, and substantially beef up its regional network.

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