News from Paris has confirmed that Air France is restarting its non-stop direct flights to Seychelles commencing October 31. After many years of absence, the blue, white and red tail of the Air France Colours will once again be landing at Seychelles international Airport. This is a real benefit for the mid-ocean islands that are so dependent on tourism for their economy.
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The last couple of years since Air Seychelles discontinued its own service to Paris, the route had been left to JOON, the low cost carrier of Air France. But the recent announcements about the future of JOON has prompted Air France to re-look at Seychelles once again.
France remains a main tourism source market for Seychelles. The private sector trade of the islands have invested millions over the years in that source market that knew the Seychelles and that saw the tropical year-round destination as an ideal holiday spot. The French Language is one of the island’s three Official Languages.
The arrival of Air France is seen as a benefit for the Seychelles tourism industry. The advertising might of the airline will help the visibility of the islands. This news could not have come at a better time for Seychelles as it prepares for its annual participation at TOP RESA, the Paris Tourism Trade Fair in the coming weeks.
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