Breaking Travel News interview: Sandy Benoiton, chief executive, Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles has been honoured with the titles of Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline, Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline – Business Class, Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline Lounge and Indian Ocean’s Leading Cabin Crew on the World Travel Awards.

Here Breaking Travel News speaks to Sandy Benoiton, chief govt of the flag-carrier, to learn how it feels to have been recognised by voters from across the globe.

Breaking Travel News: Having claimed quite a few prime titles on the World Travel Awards, how does it really feel to have gained?

Sandy Benoiton: We are very proud at Air Seychelles to have obtained the highest accolades on the World Travel Awards of which I dedicate our winnings to our friends, companions and most of all our workers members.

It can also be a historic milestone to be awarded, for the primary time ever, the Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline Lounge 2021, given the in depth refurbishment and upgrades that we’ve concluded to offer a recent appear and feel to the lounge.

Another exceptional achievement in showcasing the power of the crew in delivering wonderful industry-leading service.

BTN: How will the trophies allow you to to advertise Air Seychelles as we transfer into 2022?

SB: As borders begin to reopen globally, the trophies will certainly assist in constructing passengers’ confidence to journey with Air Seychelles.

Moving ahead into 2022 the award will even present the airline with elevated visibility and alternatives throughout the Indian Ocean and past aside from reaffirming the airline’s dedication to its friends in delivering the best ranges of requirements of service with an improved product proposition with out compromising on security.

BTN: What is it that caught the attention of voters; what do you suppose it’s that separates Air Seychelles from its opponents in Africa and the Indian Ocean?

SB: Being versatile and agile throughout this unprecedented setting is what has actually made Air Seychelles stand out amongst different operators within the area.

Amid world lockdown, the Air Seychelles crew continued to maintain the Seychelles colors flying.

At a quick tempo, the crew managed to remodel the airways’ enterprise mannequin to function repatriation, cargo and constitution flights on demand and the acquisition of two new A320neo gas environment friendly plane in early 2020 and 2021 was the perfect determination for the airline.

From March 2020 as much as September 2021, Air Seychelles has managed to function to over 45 new airports of which 59 per cent of those flights have been cargo operations held between April 1st-July thirty first final 12 months (throughout nationwide lockdown) throughout the Indian Ocean to Reunion, Mauritius, Comoros, Mayotte and different international locations delivering important medical provides.

In reality, Air Seychelles in 2020 was the primary airline within the Indian Ocean to function with cargo within the cabin of its plane and was even at one level throughout that point, the only real service flying within the Indian Ocean skies given the continuing Covid-19 journey restrictions.

BTN: Where does the Seychelles stand with the reopening of the tourism sector within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic?

SB: Since its reopening in March 2021, final month, Seychelles obtained its 114,859th customer, surpassing the 114,858 who visited the archipelago in 2020.

This nice outcome follows the convenience in journey restrictions which has additionally led Air Seychelles to revive its community to Mauritius, Johannesburg, Tel Aviv, Maldives and Dubai seasonally.

Looking on the demand available in the market the place the airline operates, we’re seeing a rise in site visitors through the peak festive months, for instance throughout Hanukkah in Tel Aviv and through the holidays from Johannesburg to Maldives.

In reality, simply in September alone, Air Seychelles operated a complete of 15 returning flights between Tel Aviv and the Seychelles carrying a complete of 1,362 passengers accounting for ten per cent the full tourism arrivals throughout that interval to the Seychelles.

This constructive signal exhibits that we’re on the pathway to restoration even when will probably be a gradual course of.

BTN: How essential will the flag-carrier be within the rebuilding of the hospitality sector within the vacation spot?

SB: Air connectivity is essential in rebuilding the Seychelles hospitality sector and because the nationwide airline we stay dedicated in supporting the financial, commerce and tourism improvement to the island.

As Seychelles is changing into an more and more enticing vacation spot, Air Seychelles will proceed to work with its companions throughout the tourism sector to implement initiatives and faucet into new alternatives to additional enhance guests to the island.

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