The Seychelles islands will be more accessible for travellers from Saudi Arabia as FlyNAS announced direct flights from Jeddah to Mahé starting this July 1.
FlyNAS will commence its nonstop flights operating three times a week from Jeddah, with fast connections to or from Riyadh and Dammam. Operating on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays, the 5 hr40 minute flight will be operated on and brand new A320 Neo aircraft with a capacity of 174 seats.
The Seychelles Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Sylvestre Radegonde, said, “The destination has recorded approximately some 300 Saudi Arabian since January 2021. With the arrival of FlyNAS to our shores, the Ministry of Tourism is looking forward to see an increase in the number of visitors from the Saudi Arabian Region. The three weekly flights to Seychelles from Jeddah represent another great opportunity for our destination, as not only will Seychelles be accessible directly to Saudi Arabian nationals but also the expatriates living in the Kingdom.
“The timing for these new flights is also opportune. The beginning the hot summer in the Gulf corresponds with the onset of our own cooler drier months here in the islands. Seychelles is ideal for families and we look forward to welcoming families and honeymooners as well as expatriates from the Kingdom, to experience the pleasure of being outdoors amidst the verdant nature and cooling oceans.”
Speaking about the upcoming arrival of FlyNAS to its shores, Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) Chief Executive, Sherin Francis, welcomed the flights, saying the country is pushing forward with increasing the destination’s reach and to attract new visitors worldwide.
“We are excited that FlyNAS and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has finally open up the Saudi Arabia-Seychelles route. We anticipate that this new route will greatly enhance the visibility of our destination in Saudi Arabia and its neighbouring regions. We believe that this will help build travel confidence towards the Seychelles islands, not having to connect through other countries also makes it easier and more convenient. We are very happy to open our shores to all travellers travelling from and via Saudi Arabia to Seychelles. It is an amazing opportunity for us to welcome them to Seychelles and to provide them with an excellent time with many beautiful experiences,” she said.
Air Seychelles will also operate more flights from Dubai to the Indian Ocean paradise this July to provide travellers more choice and convenience when planning their Eid al-Adha holidays.
The weekly flights starting from July 2 until July 24 will depart from Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 on Friday mornings, returning from Seychelles International Airport every Thursday afternoon, providing visitors a full week of adventure in the Seychelles. To offer greater connectivity over the upcoming Eid break, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles will operate an additional flight on July 19 from Dubai.
Travellers to the popular holiday destination, irrespective of vaccination status, must have a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate taken within 72 hours, with completed mandatory Health Travel Authorization at seychelles.govtas.com prior to departure from Dubai.