Mauritius gets its groove back as Emirates goes double daily


Starting tomorrow, 02nd December, Emirates will move from presently 11 flights per week between Dubai and Mauritius to 14, making it a double daily affair with the island in time for the forthcoming high season when the holidays start, using a B777 for the extra flights.

Mauritius’s hospitality industry has for long been advocating to grant international airlines greater access to the island to add occupancy to new and existing resort rooms, and the prospect of losing the Indian Ocean’s number one position as far as tourism arrivals will go in 2012, to the Maldives no less, seems to have prompted some action towards that end.

We can only hope that this will give Mauritius the groove back. Daily flights by Emirates are a big thing. They will promote strongly in what we feel is new and emerging markets, markets with high growth potential like China and Russia and even India. Travellers can now connect from anywhere in the world to Mauritius without much waiting in Dubai because there are now two flights to Port Louis. My colleagues and I think this is one of the most significant positive steps forward tourism has seen for the entire year. It will pay off big time because now Emirates is the largest foreign carrier coming to Mauritius and we can build on that relationship’ said a regular source from Port Louis after confirming that the schedule changes will take effect tomorrow. Will Mauritius make that long awaited comeback as leader of the pack among the Indian Ocean islands in 2013? Time will tell so watch this space.