Air Seychelles earlier today announced the launch of a dedicated cargo flight between the archipelago’s international airport on the main island of Mahe and Praslin, the second largest island among the 115 which make up the Seychelles.
The airline will for the time being operate the cargo flight once a
week, timed to coincide with the arrival of the Air Seychelles flight
from Abu Dhabi to ensure almost immediate onward shipment by air of
imports needed by the hotels and resorts on Praslin.
Previously were such shipments taken to the port and sent by either
ferry or another ship, which was not only time consuming but also
impacted on items which required constant refrigeration.
It was learned that while customs clearance will continue to be
affected at the main airport, at the aerodrome in Praslin hotel and
resort trucks and pickups will then be able to access the airside to
facilitate immediate loading and onward deliver to the final
The aircraft used, a Short 360, which has previously served in the
inter-island aircraft fleet as a passenger plane, has been retrofitted
and is now capable of carrying up to 3.5 metric tons of cargo or over
1.300 cubic feet.
Mr. Manoj Papa, the new CEO of Air Seychelles, had the following comments to make when breaking the news:
‘This is a step-change for our domestic business, a
reinforcement of how we are aligning our network, fleet, and service
portfolio, domestic and international, to support the local tourism
industry and encourage more trans-shipment cargo into the Seychelles. We
witnessed record growth in cargo in 2013 as well as strong growth in
our domestic operations. This service will enhance our domestic
business, strengthening cargo services for our customers’.
The new all-cargo service follows the recent launch of a cargo
chiller and freezer facility at the newly refurbished cargo terminal at
Seychelles International Airport. Customers can find further details by
visiting the cargo section of the Air Seychelles website or by e-mailing
CargoCS. Air Seychelles domestic cargo flight schedule has been given