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Seychelles International Airport (Aéroport International de Seychelles - Pointe Larue)
IATA: SEZ – ICAO: FSIA
Summary
Airport type Public / Military
Operator SCAA(Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority)
Location Victoria, Seychelles
Hub for Air Seychelles
Elevation AMSL 10 ft / 3 m
Coordinates 04°40′27.64″S 55°31′18.67″E / 4.6743444°S 55.5218528°E / -4.6743444; 55.5218528
Website Official website
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 9, 800 2, 987 Concrete
Source: DAFIF

Seychelles International Airport

Seychelles International Airport (IATA: SEZ, ICAO: FSIA) or Aeroport de La pointe Larue as it is known locally is located on the island of Mahé, Seychelles near the capital city of Victoria. It forms part of the Administrative districts of La pointe Larue (terminal area), Cascade/Providence (in the North) and Anse aux pins (in the south and military base).

The airport is 11 km south-east of the capital and is accessible by the Victoria - Providence Highway. There are frequent bus services from the bus station in Victoria, Taxi ranks outside the terminal available to all locations on Mahé Island and several tour operators coach services namely Creole Travel Services and Mason's travel which also links passengers to the ferry terminal at the Old Port (Vieux port) for inter-island ferry services and to the New Port (Nouveau port) for cruise holidays. A domestic terminal is located a short walking distance north of the International terminal and offers domestic inter-island flights with a peak of a departure every 10–15 minutes at busy times which corresponds with international arrivals/departures and every 30 minutes at other times. There is plan to link the airport with a light railway/tram system which will run along the east coast of Mahé island due to the high transportation density of this area. Companies were invited to tender in 2007 by the government. A cargo terminal is situated south of the International terminal and handles freights from all international and domestic movements and is run by the national airline Air Seychelles. A military base of the SPDF (Seychelles Public Defence Force) exist at the southeastern end of runway 13 in the south on an island joined with Mahé at the construction of the airport.

Seychelles International is the home of Air Seychelles.

History

The opening of the Seychelles International Airport occurred on the 20th of March 1972 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, was an epic event for the small Seychelles Islands. The Wilkenair of Kenya had, however, already started a ferry service between Mombasa and Mahé via Diego Suarez in Madagascar and Astove Island (Seychelles) using a twin engine Piper Navajo the previous year. It operated to Seychelles once a week. It was followed by East African Airways in November 1971 and Luxair in December of the same year. The BOAC SUPER VC10 was the first jet aircraft to land at Seychelles International Airport on the 4th of July 1971. At the time of the opening of the airport in 1972, the following infrastructure existed: The 2987m long runway, a Control Tower. Ground handling and all other airport operations were carried out by the DCA (Directorate of Civil Aviation).

In 1972 John Faulkner Taylor founded the first local aircraft company called Air Mahé, which operated a Piper PA-34 SENECA between Praslin, Fregate and Mahé Islands. This was later replaced by a Britten Norman BN-2AIII. By 1974, some 30 plus different airlines were flying to the Seychelles. Ground handling and all airport operations were being carried out by Aviation Seychelles Company, a company formed in 1973.

The construction works for the substantial expansion of the Seychelles International Airport started in July 1980. Due to the continuous increase in passenger traffic, the actual Terminal Building finally built could cater for 400 more arriving and 400 more departing passengers at any one time. Parking bays for up to six aircraft were catered for as well as a light aircraft parking area capable of handling 5 aircraft. The years 2005/2006 brought further development to civil aviation in the Seychelles. The Civil Aviation Authority Act was enacted on 4 April 2006 for the corporatisation of the Directorate of Civil Aviation to Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority. Works started to upgrade and extend the Terminal Building, which has been further extended to handled at least 5 medium to large size aircraft (e.g. Boeing 767) and 6 small size aircraft (e.g. Boeing 737). Further parking areas were made available to the north-east of the airport to handle the parking of Charter, Business and long stay aircraft (e.g. some European Flights arrives in the morning from 7am but does not depart till the evening from 10pm onwards. This is because it reduces jet-lag as any flights that leaves Seychelles at night will get to most Western European cities in the early morning and vice-versa from the European cities to the Seychelles and it also provide sufficient rest for operating crew). The new facility can handle up to 11 aircraft depending on their size. Bearing in mind that the Seychelles is a small country with a population of about 90,000 and that mass tourism is highly discouraged by the government and people alike, the size of the airport is reasonably adequate for the country's need. However, the national Airline Air Seychelles plans to grow its fleet and destinations size in the near future which might prompt further extension.

Statistics

Values from 2003.

Year Passengers Change Cargo
International
(Tonnes)
Change Aircraft
Movements
(International)
Change
2008 662,504 6.25% 8,880 6.99% 3,832 8.49%
2007 706,661 11.22% 8,300 20.59% 3,532 10.58%
2006 635,348 10.26% 6,883 11.65% 3,194 7.31%
2005 576,221 3.87% 6,165 36.54% 3,446 3.58%
2004 554,760 3.10% 4,515 12.79% 3,327 3.84%
2003 572,512 0% 5,177 0% 3,204 0%

Airlines and destinations

Airline Destinations Aircraft Terminal
Air Austral Saint-Denis de la Réunion B737-300
B737-500
International
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle B767-300ER International
Air Seychelles Chennai**, Johannesburg, London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow, Mauritius, Milan-Malpensa, Nairobi, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rome-Fiumicino, Singapore B767-200ER
B767-300ER
International
Air Seychelles Praslin Twin Otter
Shorts 360
Domestic
Condor Flugdienst Frankfurt B767-300ER International
Emirates Dubai A330-200* International
Kenya Airways Nairobi B737-700
B737-800
International
Qatar Airways Doha A319LR
A330-200
A330-300
International

-*As of 1st November 2010 route will be operated by A340-500.
-**Commences as of 1st November 2010.



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General Info
Country Seychelles
ICAO ID FSIA
Time UTC+4
Latitude -4.674342
04° 40' 27.63" S
Longitude 55.521839
055° 31' 18.62" E
Elevation 10 feet
3 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 005° W (01/06)
Operating Agency CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
Island Group Mahe I
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry


Communications
TWR 118.3
APP 119.7


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
13/31 9800 x 151 feet
2987 x 46 meters
CONCRETE. 072RBWU YES


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME SEY SEYCHELLES 078X 113.1 At Field -
NDB SEY SEYCHELLES - 373 6.0 NM 124.5


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)


Remarks
CAUTION Wind shear and strong downdrafts possible on apch to either rwy. Bird haz.
FUEL A1(Seychelles Petroleum Co, fone C248-373-301/224-240) (NC-100LL)
LGT PAPI Rwy 13 offset NE of rwy cntrline and must not be used byd 2.6 NM due to high terrain.
MISC Ldg fees. Wx. Acft req eng start, push back, and taxi clnc fr APP 119.7. If no ctc estb use twr 118.3.



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