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Air Seychelles cargo more than doubles

By Staff Reports on June 11, 2014

First quarter cargo tonnage for Air Seychelles rose 126.8 percent year over year.

The Republic of Seychelles’ national airline moved 1,602 tonnes, driven by strong demand from Paris, Hong Kong and Johannesburg; enhancements to Air Seychelles’ on-ground cargo handling capability in Mahé, Seychelles; and the launch of Seychelles domestic cargo services.

Air Seychelles attributed its 66 percent increase in revenue to improved connectivity with codeshare partner Etihad Airways’ global network, and enhanced cargo services.

“Our Q1 passenger and cargo performance indicates that we are delivering on our mandate to support the Seychelles economy both through tourism and trade,” Manoj Papa, CEO of Air Seychelles, said. “We remain committed to meeting these objectives in the months and years ahead, by building depth and scale into our network, organically and through partnerships, taking delivery of new aircraft, hiring more Seychellois, and bringing more guests and trade to the Seychelles.”

The airline recorded a 38.2 percent increase in passenger numbers.