Air Seychelles will operate 20 flights on the Tel Aviv route between Thursday September 21 and Friday October 6, to accommodate increased passenger numbers for the upcoming Israeli holidays.
The airline said Thursday that Sukkot celebrations mark the second largest holiday period in Israel after Passover. In 2023, the annual holiday of Sukkot takes place between September 29 and October 6.
Normal twice-weekly commercial flights will increase to five per week, and in addition, several charter flights will be operated between Tel Aviv and the Maldives and Mauritius.
“Israel remains an important market for Seychelles, with more than 10,000 Israelis visiting the destination so far this year. We expect to carry more than 2,300 passengers to and from Seychelles during this period, as well as more than 1,100 passengers to the Maldives and Mauritius. This year we have even chartered additional aircraft to help us meet the high demand,” said Charles Johnson, the airline’s chief commercial officer.
Air Seychelles launched non-stop flights between Tel Aviv, Israel’s most populous city, and the island nation in November 2019, serving the city with twice-weekly flights during normal periods and additional flights during peak seasons.
Forecasts for the remainder of 2023 remain strong despite the difficult economic context facing the region.
The national airline of Seychelles has been operating for over 45 years and operates regionally from its headquarters in Mahe to Colombo, Tel Aviv, Johannesburg, Mumbai and Mauritius with its Airbus A320NEOs.