Air Seychelles, the flag carrier of Seychelles, will launch direct flights between the Island of Mahé and Mumbai, India, offering easy connections to flyers seeking air tickets for the route. Flights will be operational from December, 2014.

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Leisure tourists, who have always yearned for direct flights between India and Seychelles, will be delighted to hear that Air Seychelles will soon launch direct flights between Mumbai and Mahé, Seychelles. The announcement was made by Seychelles’ Tourism and Culture Minister, Alain St Ange.

The move is likely to ease the communication process between the countries and is expected to deepen the tourism ties. As per news reports, the flight service between India and the luxury beach destination are likely to start by end of this year.

It will be a thrice weekly flight service to Mumbai, offering flexible choices to travellers seeking air tickets on the route. Travellers will be able to make the journey within four hours.

“At present there is no direct flights from India to Seychelles. One can reach Seychelles from India via Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Colombo (Sri Lanka). We had a meeting with the Indian minister and key officials in New Delhi on this issue. We expect the direct flights from Mumbai to Seychelles thrice a week to begin from December this year,” Ange was quoted.

The minister was confident that the launch of direct flights between the two countries is going to increase the number of Indian tourists booking air tickets to land in Seychelles.

He said, “India is one of the biggest potential markets for Seychelles. Presently, the total number of Indian tourist arrival in 2013 was 2381 and by introduction of a direct flight between the two countries, these figures will go up gradually. Another major reason behind the introduction is India provides a huge workforce in the construction segment to Seychelles.”

The availability of tickets on direct flights between India and Seychelles is surely going to attract Indian honeymooners and adventure travellers. Seychelles is hugely popular as a honeymoon destination in India. Further, the new flight service is certain to attract international tourists in India who seek a quick getaway to the island nation.

“We are getting response that has surpassed our expectations. We will initially target travellers from Delhi and Mumbai before venturing to other cities,” Ange added.

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