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Most holidaymakers arrive in the Seychelles by plane. The Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) or Aéroport International des Seychelles (French) was opened on the 20th March 1972 on Mahé, around 11 km (7 miles) south of the capital, Victoria. It is still the only international airport in the Seychelles, and will be the first port of call for anyone arriving in the country by plane. The airport is well-connected, with regular flights arriving from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Many different airlines serve the Seychelles as a destination, some directly from Europe, including Condor (Frankfurt), Air France and Air Seychelles (Paris), and Turkish Airlines (Istanbul). There are other direct international flights to the Seychelles from a number of other destinations in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
Although there are some direct connections, the majority of flights from Europe will require a layover, usually in the Middle East or Africa. Below is a list of direct flight connections to the Seychelles. For more information regarding connecting flights, please see the individual airline pages in our travel guide.
|Direct Flights to Mahé (SEZ):||Country:||Airline:||Outbound flight:||Return flight:|
|Abu Dhabi (AUH)||UAE||Etihad||Daily||Daily|
|Addis Abeba (ADD)||Ethiopia||Ethiopian||Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun||Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun|
|Doha (DOH)||Qatar||Qatar Airways||Daily||Daily|
|Durban (DUR)||South Africa||Air Seychelles||Thu*, Sat*||Thu*, Sat*|
|Düsseldorf (DUS)||Germany||Air Seychelles
|Mon*, Fri*||Thu*, Sun*|
|Frankfurt (FRA)||Germany||Condor||Tue, Fri||Wed, Sat|
|Istanbul (IST)||Turkey||Turkish Airlines||Tue, Fri, Sun||Mon, Wed, Sat|
|Johannesburg (JNB)||South Africa||Air Seychelles||Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun||Wed,Thu, Fri, Sat|
|Mumbai (BOM)||India||Air Seychelles||Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun||Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat|
|Paris (CDG)||France||Air Seychelles||Mon, Wed*, Thu, Sat||Tue*, Wed, Fri, Sun|
|Vienna (VIE)||Austria||Austrian Airlines||Wed**||Thu**|
*From March 2017
**From October 2017
The majority of holidaymakers flying to the Seychelles will need to do at least one layover during their journey. Thanks to the extensive networks of the Middle Eastern airlines, as well as a growing inter-European network of flights, this should prove to be relatively hassle-free for most. Non-direct flights via the Middle East or Africa are available through numerous airlines, including Etihad, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, and Airberlin.
The International Airport on Mahé also serves as the inter-island airport, serving as a hub for all internal Seychelles flights. Those who are easily seasick should consider the flight from Mahé to Praslin instead, especially during the south-east monsoon season when the ferry can be a little rough. This flight is also the ideal start to a Seychelles holiday, giving you a bird's-eye view of the archipelago and the Indian Ocean. Thankfully, the domestic terminal is just a few minutes' walk away from the international terminal.