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Air Mauritius Expands European Network with New Rome Flights
The carrier will introduce two weekly flights from Mauritius to Rome.
Air Mauritius unveiled plans on Monday to commence operating two weekly flights between Mauritius and Rome from Oct. 16, 2024 until April 30, 2025. The airline will deploy its Airbus A330-900neo aircraft configured with 28 seats in Business Class and 260 seats in Economy Class for this service, which will operate on Wednesdays and Sundays, connecting Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Mauritius to Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport.
As outlined in the press release, flights departing from Mauritius will take off at 08:40 local time and land in Rome at 17:40 local time on both Wednesdays and Sundays. Return flights from Rome to Mauritius will depart at 19:25 local time, arriving in Mauritius at 08:05 local time the following day. The initial phase of operations spans from Oct. 16 to Oct. 26, 2024, after which, from Oct. 27, 2024 to March 29, 2025, the frequency and schedule will remain consistent.
“The introduction of these two non-stop flights to Rome is part of the consolidation of our European network. Rome, has a lot to offer. The year 2025 will be marked by the opening of a Holy Year. These flights to Rome represent an opportunity for many Mauritians who are looking forward to this moment to go on pilgrimage there and in other Italian cities during this jubilee period. Our Air Mauritius non-stop product is unique in the region, and we are delighted to make it available to both Mauritian passengers and connecting passengers from the region. The tourism industry in Mauritius will also benefit from these two non-stop flights which will attract more visitors from Italy and neighboring countries to Mauritius,” says Laurent Recoura, Officer in Charge of Air Mauritius in a press release.
The Airline’s Broader Growth Plan
This move aligns with Air Mauritius’ broader strategy to bolster its European network, tapping into the popularity of Rome as a destination and catering to both Mauritian and connecting passengers. Notably, currently, Neos, an Italian airline, is the sole operator of non-stop flights from Mauritius to Rome (Fiumicino) FCO, offering these flights once weekly with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
It’s noteworthy that in March last year, Air Mauritius announced the relocation of its London operations from Heathrow Airport to Gatwick Airport, commencing daily flights to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport from Oct. 29, 2023, utilizing A350-900 and A330-900neo aircraft. The airline reported approximately 290,000 passengers traveling from London to Mauritius in 2022, marking a four percent increase from 2019 levels. Additionally, in November 2023, the airline commemorated 50 years of operating to London.
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