State-owned Abu Dhabi Airports Co will invest in redeveloping the international airport at Mahe in the Seychelles as the Indian Ocean country expands its aviation and tourism sectors, officials said on Tuesday.
“Our aim is to help to deliver an updated passenger terminal operating to the highest international standards,” Abu Dhabi Airports chairman Ali Majed Al Mansoori told reporters, without giving details.
“As the Seychelles grows in popularity as a holiday destination for UAE tourists and visitors from around the world, the need to keep up with the demands and expectations of the travel market has never been more important,” added Al Mansoori.
The Seychelles signed an agreement for the redevelopment with Abu Dhabi Airports and further talks will decide specifics of the project, said Joel Morgan, the Seychelles’ Minister for Foreign Affairs and Transport.
“Seychelles International Airport has the potential to deliver much, much more, and this MOU signifies that ADAC believes in us and the growing opportunities in the Seychelles,” said Morgan,.
“This approach as well will confirm to all our airline partners who have been flying to Seychelles, or who have recently announced their intention to fly to Seychelles, that something more is being done that will have the potential to positively compliment their efforts. For our national carrier, Air Seychelles, this provides them with the opportunity to grow their product and range of services even further,” he added.
Abu Dhabi has a number of investments in the Seychelles; its carrier Etihad Airways owns a 40 percent stake in Air Seychelles while the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development and Abu Dhabi’s Masdar have invested in renewable energy projects there.
(With inputs from Reuters)