Air Seychelles is expanding its longhaul offering while maintaining a busy local operation, writes Andreas Spaeth
The Seychelles republic is a paradise in the Indian Ocean, consisting of 115 far-flung islands and islets, whose total land mass is about double that of the US city of Boston. Only a few of the islands are inhabited at all and cater for tourists. But they come in droves – the 93,000 Seychellois, as locals call themselves, accommodated a record number of 303,000 visitors in 2016. The majority of the visitors came from France and Germany. UK nationals accounted for 6% of visitors, or 18,885 people, in 2016. Increasing the number of European visitors is the task of Roy Kinnear, the Irishman who has been Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles since 2015.