Emirates steps up weekly flights to Mauritius
Dubai, June 16, 2009
Emirates, the international airline of UAE, will have two additional flights per week to the island of Mauritius starting June 27.
Emirates’ current daily service will escalate to nine flights per week, making it easier for leisure travellers to visit the popular island getaway.
The additional flights will operate on Thursdays and Saturdays and increase existing capacity by almost 20 per cent per week per direction.
Since the start of its operations to Mauritius in 2002, Emirates has persistently promoted the island across its global network. The Dubai-based airline teamed up with the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority to introduce the island’s tourist attractions to the travel trade and media in key Middle East markets.
The campaign was closely followed by familiarisation tours for media and travel agents from the region as well as Russia.
Emirates Holidays’ annual brochure – A World of Choice – dedicates significant attention to specialised cruise, honeymoon, adventure and general family vacations in Mauritius.
“The increased frequency is representative of Emirates’ enhanced commitment to Mauritius,” said Majid Al Mualla, Emirates’ vice president commercial operations, West Asia & Indian Ocean.
“Our recent campaigns have stepped up demand for the route as well as opened up new feeder markets such as Russia and East Europe. The increasing number of tourists will welcome these additional flights as they will have more travel options and better connectivity.
"Flights from Emirates’ Middle East network and Russia connect within four hours to the Mauritius service.”
More than 930,450 tourists visited Mauritius in 2008, representing a 2.6 per cent increase in arrivals over the previous year.
Al Mualla continued: “For Mauritian travellers, the enhanced capacity will provide increased departure options to Dubai, one of their favourite destinations, as well as to Emirates’ 99-city global network.”
“Emirates will continue to support the Mauritius government in its efforts to increase tourist arrivals,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service