By Andy Sambidge
Dubai airline set to expand services to holiday hotspot in December and February
Emirates Airline said on Sunday it will expand its services to the holiday hotspot of Seychelles over the next few months.
The Dubai-based airline said in a statement that it will introduce two additional flights to the archipelago in December and February, increasing the service to 13 weekly flights.
The airline will also enhance its promotional efforts across its network to sustain the awareness around the tourism destination, it added.
"As a partner of the Seychelles, we actively support the tourism industry of the archipelago. The increase in frequencies will provide even more travel options and flexibility to visitors from across our network," said Ahmed Hashim Khoory, Emirates' senior vice president, Commercial Operations, West Asia and Indian Ocean.
"Working with the Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and the Seychelles Tourism Board has been very fruitful. We thank the Government of the Republic of Seychelles for their trust in Emirates," he added.
Alain St Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, said: "We welcome the confirmation by Emirates for its 13th weekly flight linking Seychelles to the world.
"This is an added boost for our tourism industry because it helps to reconfirm that we are, more than ever before, but one stop from anywhere in the world."
The 12th flight starts on December 3 while the 13th flight will be operational from February 5, 2013.
Emirates flies to 125 destinations in 74 countries across six continents and is the world's largest airline in available seat kilometres.
Operating 177 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, including an industry leading 21 A380s, Emirates has orders for an additional 226 aircraft, worth more than $62bn.