Will Air Austral Come Back To Seychelles?
The CEO of the airline of La Reunion, Mr Marie-Joseph Male last Sunday morning met with Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture in the presence of President Didier Robert, the President of the Regional Council of La Reunion, Mr Pascal Viroleau, the CEO of IRT (Ile Reunion Tourisme) and other Senior Management of Air Austral.
The meeting that took place at the Head Quarters of Air Austral at St.Denis Roland Garros Airport was for Air Austral to continue on discussions to restart their twice weekly service between La Reunion and the Seychelles.
"The number of tourists coming from La Reunion has dropped since the decision by Air Austral to discontinue its service to Seychelles. The connection via Mauritius is not working and the cost is exorbitant" said Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles.
The economic situation to restart the air service it today seen as being more favourable with the number of passengers expected to grow because of the efforts made on the ground in La Reunion by the Seychelles Tourism Board and also because of the recent approach by President Didier Robert of La Reunion to instigate export of commodities from La Reunion to Seychelles. "Mr Didier Robert accompanied an important group of business men from La Reunion during the 2013 Festival Kreol in Seychelles. Contacts have now been made between them and the Seychellois Business Community and trade between the two sister islands can start as soon as a direct flight is back in service" said Alain St.Ange.
The discussions between Air Austral and the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism also centred on the pushing twin centre holidays from Europe that would see Seychelles and La Reunion featured together in packages.