Air Seychelles expands Etihad Airways codeshare to Dublin


16-April-2013

Air Seychelles will place its HM code on Etihad Airways’ flights between Abu Dhabi and Dublin, increasing the island carrier’s European Etihad Airways codeshare destinations which include Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Geneva, London, Manchester, Milan, and Paris.

Tourism figures from the United Kingdom and Ireland to Seychelles continue to grow with visitor numbers up 22 per cent from a year ago. Overall European visitor arrivals are up 14 per cent from 2012.

Air Seychelles’ chief executive Cramer Ball said: “We are delighted to expand our codeshare operations to include Ireland, a market that we are keen to explore further.

“Seychelles has a strong affinity and traditional links with the UK and Ireland and this expansion enhances our commitment to Seychelles’ traditional tourist markets and provides an expanded choice of convenient, seamless travel options for visitors.”

Air Seychelles flies seven times a week to Etihad Airways' Abu Dhabi hub, and in total, the two carriers offer 10 return flights per week to the island archipelago.

The combined schedules already allow extensive onward connectivity to destinations across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Australia. In addition to the codeshare with Etihad Airways, Air Seychelles also has a codeshare agreement with airberlin to Berlin and Düsseldorf. 

Mr Ball added: “The new codeshare to Ireland has been achieved through the development of a successful partnership between the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority and government of Ireland.

“In addition to our organic growth, airline partnerships form a major pillar of Air Seychelles’ expansion plans and we will continue to introduce new codeshare partnerships in the coming months.”
Seychelles has recently strengthened ties with Ireland with the launch of the Seychelles Young Leaders Programme.

This is a master’s degree programme supervised by the University of Seychelles and the Institute of Public Administration (IPA), a college of the National University of Ireland. There is also a partnership programme between the Seychelles Tourism Academy and Ireland’s Shannon College of Hotel Management, in which successful graduates receive a bachelor’s degree in tourism and hospitality management.
The new Air Seychelles codeshare flights are now on sale.

 

Flight No Departs Departure Time Arrives Arrival Time Frequency
EY 48/HM 5021 Dublin  20:55 Abu Dhabi  07:20+1 Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday
EY 45/HM 5022 Abu Dhabi 02:20 Dublin  07:30 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
EY 621/HM 5502 Seychelles 20:35 Abu Dhabi  01:05+1 Monday, Wednesday, Friday
EY 622/HM 5501 Abu Dhabi 08:20 Seychelles 12:55 Monday, Wednesday, Friday
HM 18/EY 4118 Seychelles 20:35 Abu Dhabi 01:05+1 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
HM 19/EY 4119 Abu Dhabi 08:20 Seychelles 12:55 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
 

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