Qatar Airways and Air Seychelles, the flag carrier of the Republic of Seychelles, have concluded a codeshare agreement.
Qatar Airways currently operates a daily flight between Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Doha and Seychelles International Airport (SEZ), located on the island of Mahé near the capital city of Victoria, with an arrival in the morning and departure in the evening.
Through this new codeshare agreement, Qatar Airways will place its code on flights operated by Air Seychelles between Mahé and Praslin, allowing passengers to resume their voyage using a single booking.
Air Seychelles began its long-distance services in 1983 and now sails to destinations such as Johannesburg, Mauritius, and Mumbai. Domestically, it provides service between Mahé and Praslin, as well as charter services throughout the archipelago. It operates between Mahé and Praslin with a fleet of five Twin Otter TurboProps to maintain its domestic network.
Codesharing Agreement between Qatar Airways and Air Seychelles
Captain Sandy Benoiton, acting chief executive officer of Air Seychelles, stated, “This new partnership will provide passengers with new opportunities for connections and access to unique destinations from both networks.”
The chief executive officer of Qatar Airways’s group, Akbar Al Baker, added, “Our strategy of facilitating connectivity to African markets through partnerships is consistent with this enhanced cooperation with Air Seychelles. Our two airlines are delighted to collaborate to provide passengers with more travel options and to support the Seychelles tourism industry.”
Qatar Airways serves approximately 160 destinations worldwide. The airline announced several new additions to its destination network, flight restarts, and frequency increases in March of this year. This year, the airline added seven new destinations, including Chittagong, Juba, Kinshasa, Lyon, Medan, Toulouse, and Trabzon. In 2023, it will also resume service to eleven international destinations.
These include Beijing, Birmingham, Buenos Aires, Casablanca, Davao, Marrakesh, Nice, Osaka, Phnom Penh, Ras Al Khaymah, and Haneda Airport in Tokyo. In the meantime, the Doha-based airline has announced 35 frequency increases for destinations such as London Heathrow, Zurich, Manila, and Dusseldorf, among others.