Air Seychelles and Turkish Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement that will simplify connectivity for travelers flying via Turkey and Seychelles.
The signing ceremony took place at Turkish Airlines headquarters in Istanbul. Turkish Airlines CEO Bilal Ekşi and Air Seychelles acting CEO Sandy Benoiton signed the agreement in the presence of senior officials from both sides.
Bilal Ekşi, CEO of Turkish Airlines, said: “We are delighted to sign this codeshare agreement with Air Seychelles and aim to enhance our partnership to maximize the travel opportunities offered to our passengers through our airline networks. We believe that this partnership will not only bring benefits to both airlines from a commercial point of view, but will also improve cultural and tourism ties between two countries.”
Air Seychelles Acting CEO, Mr Sandy Benoiton, added: “Air Seychelles is delighted to offer the TK code on our domestic flights between Mahe and Praslin, enabling a single ticket transaction for seamless travel to the Seychelles’ second largest island. In addition, Air Seychelles’ HM code will appear in key cities in Europe and the Middle East, giving our passengers more options and flexibility in travel dates.”
As a result of the new agreement, Turkish Airlines passengers transferring within the Seychelles island chain can benefit from a seamless connection with a single ticket, while Seychelles travelers enjoy similar benefits in select cities in Turkey and Europe. The new agreement is scheduled to take effect on October 15, 2022 and is structured as follows:
- Turkish will now place its code on Air Seychelles domestic flights between Mahé (SEZ) and Praslin (PRI).
- Air Seychelles will put its code on Turkish flights between Mahé (SEZ) and Istanbul (IST), as well as from Istanbul (IST) to Paris (CDG) and from Istanbul (IST) to Tel Aviv (TLV).
The codeshare obviously adds to Turkish’s expanding network but could be a big win for Air Seychelles as the smaller airline still struggles with $76 million in debt to bondholders. According to the Seychelles news agency, the airline has agreed to pay just $27.8 million of that debt while it is on the road to recovery.
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