The national airline carried over 73 tons of cargo into the Seychelles after having operated 15 flights across its regional network in April 2020.
Most of the flights were operated to Dubai, Johannesburg, Mauritius, Colombo and Mumbai included.
Items carried were 25 tons of medical supplies such as face masks, protective covers, gloves and sanitizers, others items were perishable goods, raw materials, spare parts and courier.
The Chief Executive Officer, Remco Althuis said “as the sole carrier operating in the Seychelles, Air Seychelles is achieving its mandate of keeping the country connected to the region by providing valuable cargo services.
“The cargo team, led by Juliette Pascal, has worked around the clock, ensuring vital medical and pharmaceutical goods, perishables, including a wide variety of other cargo commodities necessary to keep various industries running entered the country.”
In order to streamline its operations and rapidly adapt to the changing business environment, Air Seychelles adopted the current global practice by carrying cargo in the belly, passenger seats and overhead stowage of its aircraft as approved by the regulatory authorities.
Air Seychelles first cargo flight was operated on Monday, 6 April 2020, from Abu Dhabi to the Seychelles carrying 10 tons of goods to the island of which a large proportion was COVID-19 medical supplies.
The airline A320neo jetliner can carry up to 13 tons of cargo in total, of which 8 tons of cargo can be placed in the belly and 5 tons in the cabin of its aircraft.