Emirates reaffirms its support for the tourism industry in the Seychelles and will offer travellers from Germany more choice and flexibility in the future: By the end of the year, the airline will operate 14 flights a week from its hub in Dubai to the archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Emirates is stepping up its commitment to South Africa and will offer a second daily non-stop flight from its Dubai hub to Cape Town from 27 March 2011. The additional flight connection offers holiday and business travellers from Germany more choice and flexibility in their travel plans. With the launch of the new scheduled service, Emirates will fly 42 times a week to three destinations in South Africa: Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.
As of 28 March 2011, the frequency will initially be increased to twelve weekly scheduled flights. Two additional flights will be added to the winter flight schedule, bringing the frequency to two daily connections. This means a total increase of 100 per cent in the current flight offerings from Emirates to the Seychelles.
The Dubai-based international airline has been operating scheduled flights to the Seychelles since 2005, and at a meeting with the President of the Republic of Seychelles, James Michael, Emirates once again described itself as a partner of the local tourism industry and confirmed its continued active support.
Majid Al Mualla, Senior Vice President Commercial Operations - West Asia & Indian Ocean of Emirates said: "Compared to January 2010, we are increasing our capacity between Dubai and Seychelles by 350 per cent. The additional capacity and the success of the service is the result of our efforts and investments to promote Seychelles as a destination within our network. We thank the Government of Seychelles for the confidence they have shown in us and we will continue to work closely with the Seychelles Tourism Board to continue the successful promotion of Seychelles as a destination".
Alain St. Ange, Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Tourism Board: "We are delighted with the announcement of two daily flights from Emirates. This development is in line with our new vision of an open skies policy. The problem of seating capacity not being matched to demand is a thing of the past".
The Dubai-based international airline currently serves 19 passenger and cargo destinations on the African continent. Volker Greiner, Emirates Vice President North & Central Europe, said: "We are delighted to be able to meet the increasing demand from Germany for connections to Cape Town with the additional service and to offer passengers more flexibility. South Africa is one of our most important markets and as Official Airline of the FIFA World Cup, Emirates brought fans to South Africa last year.
Emirates is operating Airbus A340-500 jets in a three-class configuration on the new route, offering 12 exclusive first class suites and 42 modern reclining seats, while its award-winning in-flight entertainment system "ice" offers more than 1,200 entertainment channels, including the latest cinema hits, 100 TV channels, more than 500 audio channels, 100 video games, and real-time news and sports coverage.