Air Seychelles began two new routes to destinations whose airport codes are very close together alphabetically. On 30 March it began twice-weekly flights from Seychelles (SEZ) to both Durban (DUR) in South Africa and Düsseldorf (DUS) in Germany. The shorter 3,776-kilometre route to Durban will operate on Thursdays and Saturdays using the Etihad Airways Partner airline’s 136-seat A320 fleet, of which it currently has two. The airline already serves Johannesburg in South Africa with five weekly flights. The longer 7,741-kilometre sector to Germany will depart the Seychelles on Thursdays and Sundays, returning on Fridays and Mondays. This service will be flown by the airline’s A330-200s, of which it now has two, the second having been delivered in March of this year. Roy Kinnear, CEO of Air Seychelles, said: “With its subtropical climate, warm culture and booming economy, Durban is a city that is quickly growing in appeal for business and leisure travellers. Our new service will provide 544 seats to and from Seychelles each week, enabling Air Seychelles to carry more travellers to Seychelles and beyond to the popular destinations we serve in our international network, including Mumbai and Düsseldorf. We look forward to welcoming guests from Durban onboard our flights and are confident this route will play an important role as we continue to grow and expand the business.” Air Seychelles’ scheduled network now comprises a total of nine routes according to OAG. Düsseldorf becomes the carrier’s second destination in Europe after Paris CDG. Vote for Düsseldorf Airport’s FTWA in this week’s Arch of Triumph Public Vote.