28 Apr 2013 08:00
Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, today announced that it has entered into a codeshare agreement with South African Airways (SAA), the national airline of the Republic of South Africa.
phase of the agreement will see South African Airways place its “SA” code on
Air Seychelles’ non-stop flights between Johannesburg and Seychelles. South
African Airways will also place its code on flights between the two largest
islands of Seychelles, Mahé and Praslin, subject to approvals.
the launch of the partnership between Air Seychelles and SAA, the airlines will
look into expanding the agreement to include Air Seychelles placing its 'HM'
code on South African Airways’ non-stop flights between Johannesburg and
destinations across South Africa.
are set to open on April 29, for travel from April 30.
The deal follows
a strategic move by Air Seychelles to increase its connectivity throughout
South Africa and continental Africa.
In March 2013,
Air Seychelles introduced an enhanced schedule and additional weekly service on
its Johannesburg route, bringing the flights to three return services per week
with daytime departures and arrivals. The new schedule greatly enhances leisure
and business travelers’ ability to connect seamlessly on both airlines across
Africa and South Africa, particularly to Cape Town and Durban.
Cramer Ball, Air
Seychelles Chief Executive Officer, said: “Our flights to Johannesburg have been
incredibly successful, reflecting an increasing number of travellers coming out
of South Africa to the Seychelles for leisure, business and sport. Traffic from
South Africa has grown at a steady pace of 11 per cent each year for the past
decade. In the first quarter of this year alone, traffic is up 13 per cent.
codeshare agreement, guests will be able to purchase flights from South African
Airways destinations onwards to the Seychelles on one ticket, making for a
simpler and seamless journey.
“We have also
established a foundation for twin-centre tourism products which combine a
safari in Africa with a Seychelles beach holiday. SAA Holidays will also be
adding Seychelles to their holiday program, providing a new channel for selling
travel to our island nation and supporting the vitally important tourism
Manoj Papa, South
African Airways General Manager Commercial, said: “This partnership signals a
strategic move by both airlines to increase connectivity and grow their networks.
This also augments SAA’s already extensive African footprint. SAA currently
flies directly to 26 destinations across Africa from its Johannesburg hub. Furthermore, the
partnership adds breadth to our network, incorporating two additional
destinations to the existing global partnership network which provides in
excess of 1329 destinations in 194 countries globally.With strategic partnerships such as this
one SAA is able to provide its passengers with more connectionson the continent and across the globe.”
Air Seychelles’ Chairman and Seychelles’ Minister for Home Affairs &
Transport, said: “This partnership between flag carriers strengthens the
historic commercial, political and cultural ties between the two countries. South
Africa is a top trade partner for Seychelles and we have seen a growing number
of South African nationals coming for visits to our islands.
to establish this official partnership with South African Airways following a
year of great change and achievement for our national carrier, particularly as
2013 marks 20 years of service to Johannesburg.”
regulatory approval, the airlines plan to expand the scope of this agreement to
include frequent flyer program reciprocity and more codeshare destinations on
their respective networks.
South Africa established formal relations in 1993. Today, South Africa is
Seychelles’ strongest African partner. Not only do the two countries share many
mutual interests, but also have a strong bilateral partnership over and above
their engagement with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the
African Union. South Africa is also supporting Seychelles in combating piracy
and in its efforts to bring peace and stability in the region.
Tickets can be
purchased online via airseychelles.com or flysaa.com. Alternatively, guests can
purchase tickets through travel agents, the airlines’ sales offices or by calling
Air Seychelles’ call centre at +248 4 38 10 13 or South African Airways’ call centre
at +27 11 978 5313.