Air Mauritius to launch regional airline

2016-03-04 16:08 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town -  Air Mauritius is set to launch a regional African airline, with the intention of reinforcing connectivity between Africa and Asia.

ETNW reports Carla da Silva, Regional Manager for Southern Africa and Latin America made the announcement at its annual Air Mauritius Awards.

The new regional airline is set to operate as a subsidiary of Air Mauritius and "will increase the Air Mauritius network, adding additional eight points in the African region.”

Added to this the airline will be launching operations to Maputo and Dar es Salaam in May. Mauritius remains a popular destination for South Africans and is the fourth largest market for the airline. 

In July 2015 South African Airways and Air Mauritius broaden their code-share agreement to enhance greater connectivity between the continent, South Africa, Mauritius and other inter-continental routes.

“The broadening of our relationship with Air Mauritius follows growing traffic between our two countries not only as a consequence of tourism, but is also concomitant to growing trade between the markets,” said SAA Acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout.

In December 2015 Turkish Airlines  also announced it would be serving the capital city of Port Louis with a four-times weekly flight. 

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