SriLankan Airlines will launch direct services to Seychelles in October 2013, according to an announcement made by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Transport of Seychelles.
The airline will operate three return flights per week from Colombo to Mahe, the largest island of Seychelles and subject to regulatory approvals by the Kenyan authorities, will offer a through service to Nairobi.
During President Mahinda Rajapaksa's visit to Seychelles in June, the two countries signed an agreement to establish direct air links as a way to catalyze the trade and tourism between the two island nations.
The announcement was made following a meeting held in Seychelles between the officials of the two governments and representatives from the airlines of the two countries.
"Seychelles have agreed to a wide-ranging commercial agreement that will give customers of SriLankan Airline convenient access to Air Seychelles' regional network in the Indian Ocean and South Africa, including additional services from Colombo to Seychelles via Abu Dhabi. Customers of Air Seychelles will in turn enjoy access to new points in Sri Lanka, China, Japan, and Southern India, as well as Nairobi," the announcement said.