Mauritius Holiday Boast – Country Set To Receive First Emirates A380 Flight
Mauritius has confirmed that it has given the approval to Emirates to fly its first A380 to Mauritius later this year. It is a major boon for Mauritius luxury holidays and makes travelling to the country easier and more luxurious.
The country confirmed this at the Routes Africa meeting. They said Emirates had met all its requirements and it was free to begin operating the Airbus A380. Flights are slated to begin flying from the island on December 16, 2013.
Emirates have already tested the flight by recently flying a one-off trip to commemorate the independence of Mauritius. It also opened up the A380 gate at the refurbished Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport.
Arguably, the intention of bringing the A380 to the island started at this event when president and CEO of Emirates, Tim Clark, said he wanted to move the aircraft to the country permanently. Stockholders and investors in the private tourism sector backed the intentions.
The A380 is not adding to the size of the air fleet in Mauritius but will replace some of the other flights currently operating. From the information released so far, officials have said two B777-300 flights will be replaced.
B777-300 flights have 364 seats over all classes, which is a small number in the grand scheme of things. The A380 has 496 seats, which will add up to 264 seats per day on this route.
It is welcome news for investors who say the previous flights did not have enough seats and they point to the many empty beds in the newer resorts as proof. They claimed that their capacity to ferry tourists to the island had been reached.
This decision puts an end to fears over Mauritius falling behind in the tourism race. In 2012, it was second for the number of arrivals in the Indian Ocean Islands, with the Maldives coming first. However, Sri Lanka and the Seychelles are actively attempting to increase arrivals, which could take custom away from Mauritius.
While it wouldn't completely solve the issues of a lack of growth, it would do more to put the island on the global tourism map.
The time taken to implement the A380 flight has been shortened due to a code sharing agreement in place between Dubai and Mauritius. National carrier Air Mauritius ratified this agreement and it speeds up the time it takes to meet all the regulations and introduce the new plane.
Observers say people should expect to find a new and improved promotion for Mauritius in the next few months. The Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA), according to them, has an excellent opportunity to attract even more tourists.
The MTPA have not commented thus far on the new agreement or whether they will be planning any new promotional campaigns in preparation for the first flight in December of this year.
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