Charter company Condor returns to Seychelles, connecting islands to Germany
Carrying 164 passengers, Condor landed at 6:20 am (Vanessa Lucas, Tourism Seychelles)
(Seychelles News Agency) – Condor, a German charter airline, resumed nonstop flights from the Seychelles to Frankfurt on Saturday when its Boeing 767/300 landed at the island’s international airport.
Carrying 164 passengers, Condor landed at 6:20 am and was greeted with the usual water cannon salute.
The airline’s return to the western Indian Ocean island nation is expected to give the German market a much needed boost.
Tourism Department Director General of Destination Marketing, Bernadette Willemin, said âthis is a big step in our recovery especially as the german market is one of the best performing source markets for Seychelles. The resumption of flights is timely and the German government is relaxing travel requirements for German nationals and residents traveling to Seychelles. “
Condor joins 12 other airlines connecting Seychelles to the rest of the world and helping to revive the island nation’s tourism industry, the main pillar of its economy.
“It gives us great pleasure to see another airline partner coming back to our shores. A direct flight from a European city is always an added value for the destination,” said Willemin.
For his part, Ralf Teckentrup, Managing Director of Condor, expressed his confidence in the destination.
âThe archipelago enchants with its unique beaches, coral reefs and rainforests and we are very much looking forward to taking our clients on vacation after such a long period of wanting to travel. We have worked very successfully with the Seychelles tourism for a long time to allow our customers to enjoy their dream vacation, âhe said.
Willemin said that Seychelles tourism will work with airlines, travel industry partners and the media, and will step up consumer campaigns to win back visitors from its key source markets.
“Our efforts are now focused on returning our visitors from Germany and neighboring countries. With the arrival of Condor, we look forward to an increase in the number of visitor arrivals,” she said.
Germany was the main source market for Seychelles in 2019, when the destination recorded 72,509 visitor arrivals, nearly a quarter of whom traveled on Condor. For this year, 8,080 visitors visited Seychelles in the first nine months.