Adac to upgrade Seychelles airport

State-owned Abu Dhabi Airports Company (Adac) will invest in redeveloping the international airport at Mahé in the Seychelles as the Indian Ocean country expands its aviation and tourism sectors, officials said yesterday.

“Our aim is to help to deliver an updated passenger terminal operating to the highest international standards,” Abu Dhabi Airports chairman Ali Majed Al Mansoori said, without giving details.

The expansion project will be undertaken in phases to meet the growing demand and anticipated future growth.

The Seychelles signed an agreement for the redevelopment with Abu Dhabi Airports and further talks will decide specifics of the project, said Joel Morgan, the Seychelles’ minister for foreign affairs and transport.

The UK company Llewelyn Davies has been appointed by Adac to develop a master plan for Seychelles International Airport.

The master planner has worked on a number of airport projects across the world, including in Bahrain, Algeria and China.

The master plan for the airport in Mahé “will incorporate a number of innovative green features and passive energy strategies, which includes eco cells, green walls, sun shading and dye-solar panels”, according to the Llewelyn Davies website.

Abu Dhabi has a number of investments in the Seychelles. Etihad Airways owns a 40 per cent stake in Air Seychelles, while the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development and Abu Dhabi’s Masdar have invested in renewable energy projects there.

Abu Dhabi’s Urban Planning Council has also been involved in a project to develop an economic strategy for the islands.

The UPC is providing technical assistance for the project, which began in May 2014, and will set out the urban development framework for sustainable growth of the Seychelles up to 2040.

Abu Dhabi has provided almost Dh200 million in financial aid over the past 10 years to help the Seychelles tackle economic problems.

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