Seychelles International Airport (IATA: SEZ, ICAO: FSIA), or Aéroport de la Pointe Larue in French, is the worldwide airport of the Seychelles located on the island of Mahé close to the money city of Victoria. The airport is the residence foundation and the head business office of Air Seychelles and attributes a number of regional and prolonged-haul routes owing to its worth as an worldwide leisure destination.

The airport is eleven kilometers (six.8 mi) southeast of the
money and is available by the Victoria-Providence Highway. It varieties part of
the administrative districts of La Pointe Larue (terminal place),
Cascade/Providence (in the North), and Anse aux Pins (in the south and navy
foundation).

The Seychelles non-directional beacon (Ident: SEY) is
located six.2 nautical miles (eleven.5 km) off the approach stop of Runway thirteen. The
Seychelles VOR-DME (Ident: SEY) is located on the area.

Contents

Terminals

The domestic terminal is a brief length north of the
worldwide terminal and presents inter-island flights with a peak of a departure
each 10–15 minutes at hectic moments which corresponds with worldwide
arrivals/departures and each 30 minutes at other moments. Cargo terminal is
south of the worldwide terminal and handles freight from all worldwide
and domestic movements it is operate by Air Seychelles.

A foundation of the Seychelles General public Defence Pressure (SPDF) is at
the southeastern stop of Runway thirteen on an island that was joined with Mahé at the
design of the airport.

History

Early a long time

The opening of the Seychelles International Airport took put on twenty March 1972 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Wilkenair of Kenya experienced, however, now begun a ferry services in between Mombasa and Mahé through Diego Suarez in Madagascar and Astove Island (Seychelles) making use of a twin engine Piper Navajo the previous yr. It operated to the Seychelles the moment a week. The to start with pilot to land at Seychelles airport was Tony Bentley-Buckle, who flew his personal plane from Mombasa to Mahe through Moroni in March 1971 even before the airfield was complete. The flying time was nine hrs 35 minutes.

This was adopted by East African Airways in November 1971
and Luxair in December of the identical yr. A BOAC Tremendous VC10 was the to start with jet
aircraft to land at Seychelles International Airport on four July 1971. At the
time of the opening it experienced a 2987 m runway and a command tower. Ground managing
and all other airport operations were carried out by the DCA (Directorate of
Civil Aviation).

In 1972 John Faulkner Taylor and Tony Bentley-Buckle established
the to start with nearby aircraft firm Air Mahé, which operated a Piper PA-34 Seneca
in between Praslin, Fregate, and Mahé Islands. This aircraft was afterwards replaced by
a Britten-Norman Islander. By 1974, over 30 airways were flying to the
Seychelles. Ground managing and all airport operations were remaining carried out
by Aviation Seychelles Organization, a firm formed in 1973.

Construction performs for the substantial growth of the
airport begun in July 1980. Because of to the continuous raise in passenger
website traffic, a terminal constructing was crafted that could cater for 400 extra arriving
and 400 extra departing passengers at any time. Parking bays for up to 6 huge
aircraft were crafted and a parking place for five light-weight aircraft.

In 1981, there was a gun battle at Seychelles International
Airport, as British national Mike Hoare led a crew of forty three South African
mercenaries masquerading as holidaying rugby players in a coup endeavor in what
is recognized as the Seychelles affair. Following their hidden weapons were discovered
on arrival a skirmish ensued, with most of the mercenaries afterwards escaping in a
hijacked Air India jet.

Enhancement due to the fact the 2000s

Apron perspective

The a long time 2005/2006 brought even further development of civil
aviation in the Seychelles. The Civil Aviation Authority Act was enacted on four
April 2006 for the corporatisation of the Directorate of Civil Aviation to
Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority. Operates begun to up grade and lengthen the
terminal constructing, which has been even further prolonged to tackle at least five
medium to huge jet aircraft (e.g., Boeing 767 or Airbus A330) as nicely as 6
lesser jet aircraft (e.g. Boeing 737 or Airbus A320).

More parking locations were created available to the
north-east of the airport to tackle the parking of constitution, small business, and prolonged
keep aircraft (e.g. some European flights get there in the early morning starting off at 7
a.m. but do not depart right up until ten p.m. onwards). This decreases jet-lag as any
flight that leaves Seychelles at night time will get to most Western European cities
in the early early morning and vice versa from the European cities to the Seychelles
it also presents ample relaxation for working crews.

The airport has been residence to unmanned aerial motor vehicles
operated by the United States Air Pressure and probably the Central Intelligence
Agency for operations over Somalia and the Horn of Africa. President of
Seychelles James Michel evidently welcomed the presence of U.S. drones in
Seychelles to battle Somalian piracy and terrorism, dating again to at least
August 2009. At least two MQ-nine Reaper UAVs have crashed into the Indian Ocean
close to the airport due to the fact December 2011.