Minister Dogley and Mr Albert with the delegation from SCAA.
Seychelles explored international best practices to drive the direction for future airport development plans, by attending the Global Investment in Aviation Summit (GIAS) in Dubai recently.
The summit provides a platform for investors, governments and airport operators around the world to network and share their models for airport development and aviation related projects.
A high-level delegation was led by Mr. Didier Dogley, the Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine attended the summit to explore investment models and possibilities for the Seychelles International Airport (SIA). He was accompanied by the CEO of Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority’s (SCAA), Mr. Garry Albert and members of his executive team. Also present was Mr Jean Claude Adrienne, the Ambassador of the Republic of Seychelles to Abu Dhabi.
Minister Dogley had the honor of being a panelist at the summit. In his presentation on the theme ‘Global Nations’ strategy for a sustainable growth in Aviation’ he shared his vision of having a commercially sustainable airport that will convey the expected first and last impression as a tourism destination, delivering a five star service.
“To achieve these plans, Seychelles is cognizant of the need to explore investment opportunities with the aim to implement its future airport infrastructure developments plan. Important components of such a plan is human resource development and technological innovation in order to achieve greater efficiency and improve the overall customer experience’ said Minister Dogley.
Currently Seychelles’ airport handles over 1 million passengers annually being international and domestic arrivals and departures, and has the potential to increase revenues generated by the commercial aspects of the business.
“There is a need for SIA to be strong commercially, as we seek to upgrade and modernize, it is important to understand the investment models that have proven to be successful for other airports, and see if they can be applied to our case,” said Mr. Albert.
The Seychelles delegation also took this opportunity to network with key leading aviation partners such as the Groupe ADP Paris Aéroport and Abu Dhabi Airport Company, where they exchanged ideas on airport development plans and investment models as well as current challenges in the aviation industry. The SCAA delegation also visited the futuristic mid field terminal airport project and the Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies in Abu Dhabi.