Air France has increased its capacity for the winter season of 2021, following the gradual relaxation of pandemic-related travel restrictions. The French flag carrier has resumed leisure flights between Seychelles and Paris.
The Air France Airbus A330 jet, carrying 203 people, took off from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) on October 23, 2021 for flight AF246 to Seychelles International Airport (SEZ).
After the French government withdrew Seychelles off the red-list countries, the route was reopened after an 18-month hiatus.
With the lifting of air travel restrictions, Air France will resume its twice-weekly service from CDG airport on Thursdays and Saturdays, with return flights on Fridays and Saturdays.
Bernadette Willemin, the director-general of the Seychelles Tourism Department, stated to the media on October 23, 2021, that the return of Air France should greatly improve tourism to the country.
“France remains a market that is performing well for us despite the lack of direct flights and the fact that we were on the red list. […] Having Air France back on our shores is a great moment for our destination.
[…] We are forecasting the French market would not only do well in terms of visitor arrivals but also to regain its place in the top three markets,” Willemin said.
According to the Seychelles Tourism Department, 8,620 visitors from France have already visited the island. In 2019, Seychelles saw 43,297 arrivals from France, a decrease from pre-pandemic levels.