By Victor Shalton
Air Mauritius Returns to Cape Town After Two Years
Air Mauritius is once again deploying its wings in Cape Town, South Africa from Wednesday (November 16) until January 15, 2023.
After a forced two-year break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the relaunch of this route is in line with increased demand. Air Mauritius will operate two weekly flights to Cape Town, South Africa.
The two weekly flights between Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Mauritius and Cape Town Airport will be operated by the Airbus A350-900 and the Airbus A330-900neo. These two airplanes can accommodate 28 passengers in business class and 298 and 288 in economy class respectively.
The service between Cape Town and Mauritius has several advantages, including facilitating business travel and offering connections via Mauritius to Europe, India, Southeast Asia, Australia and the islands of the Indian Ocean.
It also creates additional freight capacity on the route, allowing essential goods to be transported between Cape Town and Mauritius. The resumption of Air Mauritius operations in Cape Town also reaffirms the strategic importance of South Africa on its network.
City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for economic growth James Vos, says the twice-weekly flights between Cape Town and Mauritius signify the value and strength of the connection between the two destinations and will contribute to the growth and recovery of the tourism sector.
Cape Town International Airport on Friday took to its Facebook page to officially welcome back Air Mauritius.
“We officially welcomed back Air Mauritius this week! Air Mauritius last operated this direct Mauritius to Cape Town route on 17 March 2020. They will now operate twice per week on a Tuesday and Sunday with just under approximately 6 hours of flying time between destinations.”
The airline currently operates once daily flight between Mauritius and OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
Unlike its daily flights to Johannesburg – relaunched in January – where it competes with low-cost FlySafair and South African Airways, with whom it shares its codes, its Cape Town route will have no other competitor.
Since October 31, Air Mauritius serves Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with two flights per week. Also, since November 1, the company has also been providing two weekly flights to Perth, Australia.
In addition, a codesharing partnership with Air India started on August 17, allowing Mauritius nationals to travel to seven other destinations in India, including Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Goa, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Calcutta.
The Air Mauritius fleet consists of four Airbus A350-900s and two A330-900neos, sufficient to serve the destinations. However, with an increase in frequency, it is better to be prepared. This is the reason why Air Mauritius intends to lease two new airplanes. The national company will take delivery of an A350-900. There are also three ATR 72s that mainly serve Rodrigues.