Seychelles, two-for-one and Ethiopian Airlines

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La Digue, Seychelles

La Digue in the Seychelles

Over our bank holiday weekend, the Jubilee was celebrated in one Indian Ocean that has become a firm holiday destination for Brits: The Seychelles. The country of over 100 islands has wonderful beaches and it was on one of these, Beau Vallon, that a Diamond Jubilee Dinner was preceded by a beacon lightning ceremony. There was also a photographic exhibition that recalled the visit of the Queen and Prince Philip in 1972, when she formally opened the Seychelles International Airport. That really began the successful island’s tourism industry and today it a vital source of revenue for this Commonwealth Republic.

Getting to Seychelles has not been easy as we have no direct scheduled links, our easiest being connecting flights from Paris. But now there is another option. On 1 April, a new route began from Addis Ababa to Victoria, the international airport of the country, in connection with Ethiopian Airlines flights coming from London and Paris. To promote this new route, Ethiopian Airlines has a two-for-one offer on the route if you buy a ticket before June 30. For those planning weddings or honeymoons in these idyllic islands that’s a great deal. For couples or families wanting a guaranteed sunshine break on warm, clean sands the savings could well top £1,000. And for each international passenger Ethiopian Airlines offers a tree to be planted by Ethiopian farmers to fight the desertification in Africa.

Travelling- and getting to- Africa is sometimes difficult as links are few and some airlines are less than reliable or airworthy. Sometimes it has been easier to fly out of Africa via the Middle East than go directly because there are just no flights or they are too irregular. But if the plans of the chairman of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gebremariam, happen then Addis Ababa – the capital of Ethiopia – will become a hub airport much like Heathrow, Paris and Amsterdam. From Addis, he plans that you will be able to fly to most parts of the continent. And as one of the few African airlines that has high safety standards, that is potentially a great development for those of us who want to see much more of this continent.

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