Qatar Airways has reached a codeshare agreement with Air Seychelles, the flag carrier of the Republic of Seychelles.
Currently, Qatar Airways 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 a morning arrival and evening departure from Mahé.
By way of this new codeshare agreement, Qatar Airways will place its code on Air Seychelles’ operated flights between Mahé and Praslin and enable passengers to continue their journey using a single booking.
Air Seychelles began long-haul services in 1983, and flies to destinations including Johannesburg, Mauritius and Mumbai. Domestically, it connects Mahé and Praslin as well as undertakes charter services throughout the archipelago. It maintains its domestic network with a fleet of five Twin Otter TurboProps operating between Mahé and Praslin.
Air Seychelles, acting chief executive officer, Captain Sandy Benoiton, said, “This new partnership will provide passengers with new connection opportunities and access to unique destinations from both networks.”
Qatar Airways group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, added, “Our strategy of facilitating connectivity to African markets through partnerships is in line with this enhanced cooperation with Air Seychelles. Our two airlines are pleased to work together to benefit passengers with more travel choices and to support the tourism industry in Seychelles.”
Qatar Airways global network stands at around 160 destinations. In March this year, the carrier announced several new additions to its destination network, flight resumptions and frequency increases. It confirmed seven new destinations to its network this year, including Chittagong, Juba, Kinshasa, Lyon, Medan, Toulouse, and Trabzon. It will also resume flights to 11 destinations worldwide in 2023. These are: Beijing, Birmingham, Buenos Aires, Casablanca, Davao, Marrakesh, Nice, Osaka, Phnom Penh, Ras Al Khaimah, and Tokyo Haneda. Meanwhile, the Doha-based carrier announced an expansive 35 frequency increases for this year to destinations including London Heathrow, Zurich, Manila and Dusseldorf, among several more.