Air Seychelles has opened a new route directly linking the west Indian Ocean Island’s capital, Victoria, and Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, to boost tourism between the two countries, the Tanzania Aviation Authority (TAA) said here Wednesday.
According to TAA, the inaugural flight of Air Seychelles on the route landed at Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam late Tuesday.
The airline’s public relations manager, Mr. Alan Renaud, said its current timetable provides for twice weekly return flights on Tuesday and Sunday.
He said the new route was the outcome of partnership between the Seychelles national airline and Etihad Airways of Abu Dhabi which, in January 2012, acquired a 40 percent stake in Air Seychelles.
The two airlines have made Seychelles not just a leisure destination in its own right but also a hub of air travellers between East Africa and the Middle East and the Far East.
Tourism is the island nation’s strongest and growing economic sector while the airline is officially regarded the main pillar of the industry.
Welcoming Air Seychelles, Tanzania’s Deputy Minister of Transport Charles Tizeba said it has opened a new page for travellers to and from neighbouring land-locked countries and that its flights would contribute to the promotion of tourism in the region.
Assuring the airline of government cooperation, the Minister also urged the Tanzanian business community to make use of the opportunity to expand trade between the country and Seychelles.