Air Seychelles has expanded its codeshare partnership with Alitalia to offer travellers convenient air connections to Madagascar and South Africa.
Under the agreement, Alitalia will place its AZ flight code on Air Seychelles’ four-times-a-week services to the Malagasy capital of Antananarivo and five flights to Johannesburg, South Africa’s biggest city. Subject to government approvals, the Italian flag carrier will also codeshare on Air Seychelles’ upcoming twice-weekly flights to Durban, set to commence on 30 March 2017.
Business and leisure travellers from Italy will be able to connect onto these services via Air Seychelles-operated flights from Abu Dhabi and Paris to Seychelles, using a single combined ticket for the entire journey.
Roy Kinnear, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles, said:
“Our partnership with Alitalia continues to open up attractive travel options for holidaymakers in Italy, who can now fly with Air Seychelles to the fascinating island of Madagascar and South Africa.
“Through this codeshare expansion, we have strengthened our route network and added more depth to our regional services, further increasing choice and convenience for travellers.
“We are confident this development will stimulate passenger and cargo traffic and, at the same time, strengthen the strong cultural, trade and diplomatic bonds between Seychelles, our neighbourly island of Madagascar and South Africa.”
Cramer Ball, Chief Executive Officer of Alitalia, said:
“Deepening our codeshare cooperation with Air Seychelles brings important benefits to our guests, who now have dozens of new travel options from Italy to Madagascar and South Africa via Seychelles.
“With its one-of-a-kind wildlife and nature, Madagascar is an attractive holiday destination that offers a new and exciting experience for travellers in Italy. In 2015 alone over 21,000 tourists visited Madagascar Italy, a number which we are confident will rise with these new travel options.
“South Africa is a very attractive holiday destination, whose magnificent scenery, safaris and game parks are perfect for an outdoor adventure.”
Air Seychelles operates an Airbus A320 aircraft configured with 136 seats on its Antananarivo service, while its service to Johannesburg is operated using both an A320 aircraft and the wide-body A330, which offer 254 seats.