AIR MAURITIUS AND AIR FRANCE EXPAND CODE SHARE ARRANGEMENTS
Information was received overnight from a source in Port Louis / Mauritius that national airline Air Mauritius and Air France have expanded a code share arrangement, covering flights between Mauritius to the French Indian Ocean territory of La Reunion. Effective on February 01st this year will Air Mauritius add an AF flight number to their up to seven daily scheduled services to the two main airports on La Reunion while in turn benefitting from code shared flights out of CDG / Paris to a number of French and European cities. Air France and Air Mauritius presently offer up to 18 flights a week between the island and Paris all of which are codeshared already, which dates back to 2008.
The new arrangement will make it easier for passengers from Europe to travel to both Mauritius and La Reunion, earning miles under the KLM / Air France frequent flier programme and being assured of equitable service levels on the ground and in the air.
The Mauritius tourism fraternity welcomed the development but a regular source at the same time also reiterated the hospitality industrys stand that the Mauritius government needed to open up the skies some more to allow more flights to the island, needed to fill empty beds. Watch this space.