Abu Dhabi Airports to build a new airport in Seychelles

22 June 2015 (Last Updated June 22nd, 2015 18:30)

UAE-based airport operator Abu Dhabi Airports (ADAC) is reportedly in talks with authorities in the Seychelles for the construction of a new airport in the country.

UAE-based airport operator Abu Dhabi Airports (ADAC) is reportedly in talks with authorities in the Seychelles for the construction of a new airport in the country.

An undisclosed ADAC spokesperson confirmed to Gulf News that the company was negotiating the construction of an airport in Victoria, the capital of Seychelles.

A spokesperson said: "We believe that such a venture will further strengthen the ties between the Government of Abu Dhabi and the Republic of Seychelles."

"We expect this project to largely boost airport traffic and the number of tourists to our country."

Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off eastern Africa.

ADAC refused to give further details about the project.

However, Seychelles President James Alix Michel said: "We are negotiating with ADAC to construct a new airport in Victoria near the existing airport. We are about to reach agreement on this important economic and tourism project on an investment basis.

"We expect this project to largely boost airport traffic and the number of tourists to our country."

The two countries have previously been involved in financial dealings with Abu Dhabi providing an aid of AED200m ($55m) to Seychelles in the past ten years.

Abu Dhabi also holds a 40% stake and a management contract in Air Seychelles, the country's national carrier.

The two countries are building Seychelles' first wind energy unit in Victoria port with a capacity of 6MW, reported Zawya.

According to Michel, an investment from the UAE would help in strengthening its economy apart from creating thousands of jobs.