From Frankfurt, Germany’s leisure airline Condor re-launched flights to Seychelles, off the east coast of Africa with the airline’s Boeing 767-300 aircraft touching down at Seychelles Airport at 0620 on the morning of Saturday, October 2, 2021, where its return to the paradise islands was greeted by a water canon salute.
“With the resumption of its services, Condor joins 12 other airlines. It definitely gives us great pleasure to see another airline partner back on our shores. A direct flight from a European city is always an added value for the destination.”
“This is a great step in our recovery especially as the German market is one of the best performing source markets for Seychelles. The resumption of the flights comes at a right time as well as the German government eases travel requirements for German nationals and residents travelling to Seychelles,” said Department of Tourism’s Director General for Destination Marketing, Mrs. Bernadette Willemin,Bernadett.
“Tourism Seychelles will be working with airline, travel industry partners, media and as well as stepping up its consumer campaigns to win back visitors from its key source markets. Our efforts are now concentrated on getting back our visitors from Germany and neighboring countries. With the arrival of Condor, we are eagerly anticipating a boost in visitor arrival numbers,” continued Mrs. Willemin.
Mr. Ralf Teckentrup, Chief Executive Officer of Condor, expressing his confidence in the destination, said, “The Seychelles in the Indian Ocean belongs to the Condor flight schedule and is a popular destination with our guests.”
“The archipelago delights with unique beaches, coral reefs and rainforests and we are very much looking forward to flying our guests on holiday after such a long period of wanderlust. We have been working very successfully with the Tourism Seychelles for a long time to enable our guests to enjoy their dream holiday,” noted the CEO.
Germany was the leading source market for Seychelles in 2019, when the destination recorded 72,509 visitor arrivals from Germany, almost a quarter of whom travelled on Condor. 8,080 visitors have visited Seychelles in the first nine months of 2021. Condor will operate this route on Fridays.
In addition to the airline’s winter 2021/2022 long-haul destinations the popular German leisure airline is also serving flights to Mauritius and Maldives, the two other most popular destinations in the Indian Ocean.
From Frankfurt, the airline takes off on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays to Mauritius and Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays to the Maldives.
The airline is also expected to add seats to Cape Town, South Africa (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays), Mombasa, Kenya (Wednesdays and Sundays) and Zanzibar, Tanzania (Wednesdays and Sundays as well).
By Victor Shalton Odhiambo