Austrian Airlines launched flights to Mahé in the Seychelles on 25 October, with the island airport celebrating the launch with ribbon- and cake-cutting ceremonies. Seen having the honour of conducting both cutting performances are Ambassador Maurice Lousteau-Lalanne, Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine, Seychelles and Austrian Airlines’ GM for Sales, Regional East Africa of the Lufthansa Group, Tobias Ernst.
- Austrian Airlines launched its latest long-haul route from Vienna (VIE) on 25 October, a weekly (Wednesdays) 6,978-kilometre link to Mahé (SEZ) in the Seychelles. “Direct flights from Europe are very important for our tourism industry,” informed Ambassador Maurice Lousteau-Lalanne, Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine, Seychelles. “It will fill an important gap, especially with the high-end tourism which we market for Seychelles. The arrival of Austrian Airlines is very promising for Seychelles, in terms of exchanges between our two people, in trade and most importantly our tourism industry,” Lousteau-Lalanne added. Facing no direct competition, the Star Alliance member will operate its fleet of 767-300s on the service. As a result of this launch, it means that Austrian Airlines now serves 10 scheduled destinations in Africa and Asia from Vienna this winter, with Mahé joining Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Beijing, Cairo, Colombo, Hong Kong, Malé, Marrakech, Mauritius, and Shanghai Pudong.