ABU DHABI, 11th October, 2016 (WAM) — To utilise the expertise of Abu Dhabi Airports and develop the international airport on the island of Mahe in the Seychelles, the Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today with the Seychelles Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Transport.

Signed by Ali Majed Al Mansoori, Chairman of ADAC, and Joel Morgan, Seychelles Minister for Foreign Affairs and Transport, the MoU further strengthens the ties between the governments of Abu Dhabi and the Seychelles.

“Abu Dhabi Airports is delighted to be able to work closely with the Government of the Seychelles on the redevelopment of their international airport. 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. Our aim is to help to deliver an updated passenger terminal operating to the highest international standards,” Al Mansoori, commented.

“This MoU enhances our growing international reputation as a world-class airport operator, driving us further towards our vision of becoming the world’s leading airports group. We look forward to the benefits that this agreement will bring to both countries,” he added.

“It is a pleasure for me on this day to sign this MoU between the Seychelles Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Transport and the Abu Dhabi Airports Company, confirming an interest by both parties to enter into talks discussing the future and the way forward for our airport operations at the Seychelles International Airport,” Morgan said.

“Travellers, who include our very own citizens, are demanding more for their travel experience, which for all starts at our airport. The 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. This approach will confirm to all our airline partners who have been flying to the Seychelles, or who have recently announced their intention to fly here, that something more is being done that will have the potential to positively compliment their efforts,” he added.

For the national carrier, Air Seychelles, this is an opportunity to grow their product and range of services even further, the Seychelles minister said.

“Our discussion will focus on what can be delivered for Seychelles and what improvements can be further made so that our airport can be not only a step ahead, but leaps ahead of the competition for generations to come,” he added.