Cape Town - South African Airways (SAA) says it has further strengthened its route to Mauritius due to growing demand – both from the continent and internationally.
Mauritius remains one of the fastest-growing economies on the continent with consistent demand-side growth in both business and leisure travel.
SAA said it will be adding an additional flight on a Wednesday, bringing the route to double dailies on four days of the week -Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday - growing the route from ten to eleven flights per week.
The additional flight, already on sale and effective for travel from 20 July, will depart on a Wednesday as SA 192 from Johannesburg at 08:40 to arrive in Mauritius at 14:30. SA 193 returns from Mauritius at 15:20 to arrive in Johannesburg at 17:45.
“We have experienced significant growth in South Africans wanting to travel to Mauritius. For the period January 2015 to December 2015, the number of South Africans travelling to Mauritius grew by 9.5%, passing the threshold of 100 000 passengers a year," says Menon Ramasawmy, SAA Manager, Mauritius and Indian Ocean Islands.
“South Africa remains among the top three source destinations for the island of Mauritius. Increasing frequencies hold strategic commercial value for the business and forms part of the impetus of the airline’s Long-Term Turnaround Strategy.
“SAA remains a strong strategic partner in developing West-East traffic, pulling passengers from South and North America as well as Africa to Mauritius. We connect Mauritians with the rest of the world. Mauritius is an easy and comfortable four-hour flight from Johannesburg so, once travellers have decided on a visit to South Africa, they can add a trip to Mauritius for a relaxing beach holiday,” says Ramasawmy.
SAA has been flying to Mauritius for 50 years, non-stop since 1957 and the route was one of SAA’s first African destinations.
Mauritius schedule: Effective 20 July
Day of operation Depart Johannesburg Return Mauritius
Monday, Tuesday, Friday SA190 09:40 SA191 16:20
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday SA190 10:25 SA191 17:05
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday SA192 08:40 SA193 15;20
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