AIR Mauritius is working toward daily flights from Cape Town to Mauritius and beyond in 2020, with the launch date and type of aircraft to be finalised in March, says regional manager Southern Africa and Latin America, Carla da Silva.
Speaking in Cape Town at a special event, Carla said: “We would like to get our new-generation aircraft on the route but this is going to depend on the support we get from the travel industry.”
She said the airline’s current twice-weekly A340 flights to the Mother City contributed R200m toward Air Mauritius’s R1bn operation in South Africa. She thanked the travel trade and corporate customers for making this possible and appealed to them to continue to support Air Mauritius’s growth on the route. “We know that Capetonians love to fly direct, so help us so that we can fly directly out of Cape Town on a daily basis. Cape Town remains a very important strategic market for Air Mauritius.”
Carla said the airline’s A340 wide-bodies offered value to corporate and leisure travellers, such as more seat capacity and a better product; and direct accessibility via Mauritius to an Africa-to-Asia air corridor, connecting South Africa with India and Australia faster than its Middle East counterparts, while being competitively priced. She said corporates and VFRs were responding well to value-adds such as the airline’s free stopovers in Mauritius and its Travel Smart programme, which offers free travel for children, discounts for honeymooners and business-class lounge access.