Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena expressed his gratitude to Seychelles for introducing Air Seychelles’ direct flights to Colombo, stating that it would lead to a rapid increase in tourist arrivals. The Prime Minister made these remarks during a meeting with Seychelles High Commissioner Lalatiana Accouche at Temple Trees on June 3.
High Commissioner Accouche, who recently presented her credentials to President Ranil Wickremesinghe in a vibrant ceremony in Kandy, expressed her admiration for the beauty of Sri Lanka. She mentioned that a significant number of Sri Lankan professionals, including judges, engineers, and teachers, are working in Seychelles, and their contributions are highly valued by her country.
In response, the Prime Minister requested the High Commissioner to explore the possibility of creating more employment opportunities for Sri Lankans in fields such as nursing and healthcare.
The introduction of Air Seychelles’ flights from Seychelles to Colombo was celebrated with a water cannon salute upon its arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). The inaugural ceremony included a traditional Kandyan dance performance, showcasing Sri Lanka’s unique hospitality.
The High Commissioner stated that two weekly flights will operate between the two countries, greatly benefiting tourism and people-to-people connectivity. She emphasized that this initiative will raise awareness about Sri Lanka as a distinctive travel destination, attracting more tourists and fostering bilateral and business partnerships between the two nations.