AIR Mauritius will start operations to Seychelles on July 2.

The flights will operate twice weekly using an A319, with 16 seats in business class and 108 in economy.

“Our two countries are world-class tourist destinations but as islands we also share similar challenges like the size
of our home markets and our geographical remoteness. Bringing our islands closer through better air connectivity is key to overcoming such challenges,” says Air Mauritius ceo, Somas Appavou.

Flight schedules for the Mauritius-Seychelles service have been designed to optimise connecting possibilities for passengers through the Mauritius hub.

This includes business and leisure traffic to and from Madagascar, Réunion, South Africa and Australia. Reinforced air services between Mauritius and Seychelles also offer the opportunity to combine these two destinations into two-centre holiday packages.

Air Mauritius has recorded growth to both Réunion and Madagascar, says Carla da Silva, regional manager for Southern Africa and Latin America.

“Air Mauritius is the perfect airline for multi- destination trips, with Réunion and Mauritius combination trips an exciting offer for many travellers. Madagascar has grown from a corporate and leisure perspective and Air Mauritius serves the destination daily.”

The airline is re-fleeting to build on Mauritius’s strength as a regional hub, says Carla.

SA flights

Air Mauritius serves Mauritius daily from Johannesburg, three times a week from Durban and twice weekly from Cape Town, with the introduction of a fourth Durban frequency on Sundays from July 1.

From April this year, Johannesburg has been served daily by wide-body aircraft, resulting in an injection of extra capacity of around 550 seats per week, she says.