The start of flights by Turkish Airlines from Istanbul to Mahe, the main island of the Seychelles, will not only boost tourism but also trade.
The Seychelles will be the third islands in the Vanilla islands Group that will now be served by Turkish Airlines following successful operations to Mauritius and Madagascar.
Described in the aviation industry as Turkish Airlines’ ‘worst kept secret’ the airline announced it will operate three weekly non-stop flights between Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport and Mahé from 31 October (2016). The airline will use an Airbus A330-200 with a capacity for 250 passengers (20 seats in Business Class and 228 in Economy Class) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The Seychelles is considered a winter leisure destination for tourists from the northern hemisphere but industry insiders also point out that the Airbus A330 will give the airline enough cargo space to begin supplying the Seychelles’ hospitality industry and trade corporations like the Seychelles Trading Company (STC) with consumer goods.
The arrival of Turkish Airlines in other parts of Africa has already established trade opportunities between Europe and Africa. The success of Rwanda’s new national convention and exhibition centre is only one example.