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Seychelles and Mauritius discuss extended air connectivity possibilities

Air Mauritius A340-300
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Sir Anerood Jugnauth, the Prime Minister of Mauritius, last week received Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, at his offices in Port Louis.

Minister St.Ange and Prime Minister Jugnauth discussed extended air connectivity between Seychelles and Mauritius and the request by Seychelles to increase Air Seychelles flights to the sister island of Mauritius to seven per week.

Both island nations are part of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands where twin center holiday options, especially for long-haul tourism, has been growing considerably in recent years. Minister Alain St.Ange said after the meeting that the Mauritian Prime Minister was supportive of his request but raised the need to Air Seychelles and Air Mauritius to look at the possibility of codeshare in their future discussions.

Other points raised were more business transactions between the two islands especially in the development of more export of Mauritius products to Seychelles and also encouraging the tourism industry of Seychelles to look at Mauritius for recruitment of needed personnel.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Mungroo, a member of the Board of Directors of Air Mauritius.

After the meeting, the Seychelles Minister said that he had appreciated the meeting and would have Air Seychelles follow up with official requests for meetings to discuss codeshare and increase of flights. This is the second meeting between Prime Minister Jugnauth and Minister St.Ange this year.

Minister Alain St.Ange of the Seychelles also met Mr. Xavier-Luc Duval, the Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius and Minister responsible for Tourism, over a working lunch just before his meeting with the Prime Minister.

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