Qatar Airways is increasing the seating capacity for the Seychelles starting in April, as the tourist destination opens up again to the world.
The islands of the Indian Ocean will welcome visitors who will only have to submit a negative PCR test carried out 72 hours before departure. There will be no quarantine or traffic restriction requirements for those arriving via Doha.
The news was well received by Qatar Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, Thierry Antinori, who said: “We resumed our flights to the Seychelles in December 2020. Now that the islands are more open to visitors, we are delighted to make more places available and provide an improved and sustainable experience for our passengers using our Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
“We know that the Seychelles authorities remain vigilant and visitors will continue to be required to comply with the public health measures put in place taking into account the pandemic, which will include the use of face masks, social distance and regular hand hygiene.
“Likewise, we will maintain our own very high standards. Qatar Airways was the first airline in the world to achieve Skytrax’s prestigious 5-Star COVID-19 safety rating, following a detailed audit that assessed the effectiveness and consistency of compliance with the airline’s strict health and safety rules and procedures, from check-in to boarding aircraft.
“We look forward to continuing to provide the safest experience possible for travelers from around the world, and to expand our role in assisting the recovery of the commercial aviation industry.”
Qatar Airways recently launched a new program that allows passengers, at the time of booking, to voluntarily offset the carbon emissions associated with their trip. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on travel demand, the airline immobilized its fleet of Airbus A380 aircraft, since it is not environmentally justified to operate such a large aircraft in the current market.