Seychelles set to host biggest air transport networking event


Routes Africa is being organised by the Seychelles Tourism Board and Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority alongside the Routes team in UK.

This high level conference, which will be addressing some of the current issues in African aviation and providing opportunities to establish potential for new air traffic routes, has attracted some 286 delegates from airlines, tourism boards and aviation associations from across Africa, the Middle East and beyond. 

Delegates at the event will be attending the Routes Africa Strategy Forum which will kick start tomorrow from 1pm with registration, followed by the opening at 2pm by Seychelles’ Minister for Home Affairs and Transport, Joel Morgan.

The Minister for Tourism of South Africa, Marthinus Van Schalkwyk, will then deliver a keynote address.

The forum will end at 5pm and will continue on the following day, Monday July 9, from 9.10am to 11.40am, after which there will be the Interline Workshop that will start with a presentation from 11.40am until 12pm. 

Following the presentation, delegates will be able to meet one-on-one from 12pm until 5.15pm. 
To officially welcome the delegates, a welcoming ceremony has been organised tomorrow after the last session of the strategy forum, starting at 5.30pm at the Kempinski Seychelles Resort. 

The welcoming ceremony will also be attended by a number of Seychelles government officials.

A gala dinner has also been organised as part of the networking opportunities on Monday July 9 from 8pm at the Cap Lazare Restaurant, which will also be attended by Seychelles government officials.

Part of the gala dinner also includes an award presentation by the Routes team. One of the highlights of the evening will be ‘Skippy’, a twin-otter that was part of the Air Seychelles domestic fleet. Skippy has been moved to the restaurant and branded with the Routes Africa logo for a photo opportunity that evening.

The three-day event has also attracted a number of international press that are airline and airport orientated, as well as related to the travel industry.