A NATIONAL AIRLINE WITH HALF A CENTURY OF HISTORY
Air Mauritius was given a fourfold mission: to provide the vital trade and travel links with the rest of the world, to support tourism, to support the Export Processing Zone and to ensure its own development and economic independence.
Air Mauritius was incorporated on the 14th of June 1967, a few months before the country became independent. In more than 50 years, Air Mauritius has fully played its role as the national airline of Mauritius, providing air connectivity that has been crucial for the development of the island. The company has always remained economically autonomous and this year again demonstrated that it has sound fundamentals as it announced profits in spite of a tough operating environment. Air Mauritius is now an established driving force of the Mauritian economy, particularly that of its tourism sector.
Robust and resilient
The company has thrived in spite of intensifying competition in an open airspace and has posted robust operating performance with solid growth capacity, passengers carried and load factors. As a result, Air Mauritius remains the leading airline serving Mauritius providing around 2.3 million seats and carrying some 1.7 million passengers annually, representing half of the passenger traffic to and from Mauritius. The airline also carries more than 39,000 tons of cargo annually.
The national airline of Mauritius is one of the largest companies of the island in terms of turnover and one of the biggest employers in Mauritius. The Air Mauritius groups employs more than 3,000 Mauritians.
A continually developing network
Since it was incorporated, Air Mauritius has rapidly expanded its operations, based on the point-to-point model. Over the past decade the structure of the network has evolved to a hub and spoke model. Now, the airline operates to 24 direct destinations and to 100 more through the hubs it operates with airline partners in Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Amsterdam, Johannesburg, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Nairobi and Perth. Operating via hubs is therefore a creative means of expanding the Air Mauritius network beyond the direct destination it serves, in a cost effective manner. By withdrawing from low density routes and serving them through hubs, the airline is better equipped to densify the routes to key gateways on the network. This creates better conditions for stimulating growth and results in increased traffic and better load factors.
Customers are offered more choice and flexibility as the enhanced network structure provides for a greater number of seamless connections, higher frequencies and more flexible schedules. As a result, Mauritius is becoming a more attractive option for passengers in the region to connect to a wide choice of destinations.
A Skytrax 4-star rating
Air Mauritius offers quality products to its customers. The airline’s products and services are derived from the common brand DNA and the world-class tourist destination it serves and has been rated 4-Star by the rating agency - SKYTRAX. The airline operates a two-class configuration - Business class and Economy class. The service on the ground matches the same standards of excellence, with the airline operating an award-winning lounge, the Amédée Maingard lounge at the SSR International airport Mauritius, its home base.