Air Seychelles to gear itself for new liberalised air access environment


08-July-2004



According to a communique from State House, this follows an endorsement by the Cabinet of a recommendation of the Ministry of Tourism and Transport to embrace more actively international trends towards a more liberal air access policy to boost the tourism industry.

The policy will create a new aviation operating environment that will encourage more airlines to fly to our islands and will have a positive impact on tourism development and growth.

Seychelles signed a bilateral air services agreement with Qatar earlier this week. Yesterday afternoon saw the arrival of a high-powered delegation from Emirates Airlines, led by their Chairman, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the start of services.
 
Seychelles signed a bilateral air services agreement with the United Arab Emirates in 1992 but no airline from there had taken up the option to date. 
A spokesman for the Ministry said: ”The Government has always been very cautious about liberalization, ensuring that what is done has a minimum negative impact on the country.”

“We believe that opening our airways will significantly benefit the people, our industry and the economy at this point in our development.

“We need to take decisions that will move us forward in a significant way and the continued existence of the national airline is very much part of this initiative.

“We recognize that when new airlines start flying, Air Seychelles will have to re-look at its operations and Government will give its full support to our national airline in meeting these new challenges. 

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