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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ethiopian Airline resumes flights to Seychelles after six month interruptions

The Seychelles is in negotiation to restore Ethiopian Airline on its route. News that the airline will resume its flights on 1st of October 2014 is a positive breakthrough for the Tourism Industry, after a six months interruption of the Star Alliance carrier to Seychelles. When Ethiopian Airline announced in January 2014, that it will halt its flights to Seychelles, apparently failing to make its Boeing 737-800 variable on Seychelles-Addis Ababa routes, the announcement somehow jeopardized the work by the Seychelles Tourism Board on the Europe, China, the Americas and Africa for passengers to use the Ethiopian Airline connection on its flights to Seychelles. The Ethiopian Airline load factor was not as high and deemed not profitable enough for its Boeing 737-800, 154 seaters. 

When Ethiopian Airline announced that it is halting its flight to the Seychelles archipelago, Seychelles government, through the office of Minister Joel Morgan, responsible for transport took the decision to meet with its key partners such as Ministry of Tourism and Culture and Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority, to renegotiate to bring Ethiopian Airline back to Seychelles. 

Authorities in Addis Ababa were kept in the light resulting in the resumption of Ethiopian Airline on the Seychelles-Addis Ababa route. The Seychelles Government said that the move is aimed at restoring air connectivity with Africa. The good news is negotiation has finally paid off, Ethiopian Airline will resume its weekly bound flights to Seychelles, with three flights ( Mondays, Fridays and Sundays).

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