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Air Seychelles increases cargo by almost 300 percent

By Hpanchal on September 4, 2013

Air Seychelles increased the amount of cargo carried in the second quarter by 283 percent year over year.

The national carrier of the Republic of Seychelles in Africa carried 1.6 million tonnes of cargo in the second quarter. Cargo revenue reached US$3.68 million, a growth of 279 percent.

Air Seychelles cargo also showed a strong first half of the year with 2.37 million tonnes carried, an increase of 217 percent, while cargo revenues were US$5.32 million, an increase of 204 percent.

The increase in cargo volume was due to the boost in belly freight capacity provided by a second Airbus A330, the airline's new service that connects Hong Kong to Johannesburg via Abu Dhabi, and developing markets in Paris and Milan.

Air Seychelles also introduced a domestic cargo product in May.

In addition, the airline expanded its codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways to include Dublin, Melbourne and Sydney. Air Seychelles also signed codeshare agreements with airberlin, South African Airways and Czech Airlines, adding Berlin, Düsseldorf, Johannesburg and Prague to its codeshare network.

"We achieved triple digit growth in the second quarter of 2013 – a tremendous result and further evidence of the success of our strategy," Cramer Ball, Air Seychelles’ CEO, said.