Connections to the paradise island of Mauritius are being stepped up with Emirates airline’s announcement of two additional flights per week starting 27th June 2009. 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 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 this 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.
Majid Al Mualla, Emirates’ Vice President Commercial Operations, West Asia & Indian Ocean said: “The increased frequency is representative of Emirates’ enhanced commitment to Mauritius. 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.”
930,456 tourists visited Mauritius in 2008, representing a 2.6% increase in arrivals over the previous year.
Mr. Al Mualla added: “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.”
EK 3705 will take off from Terminal 3, Dubai International Airport at 10:20 hrs and touch down at SSR International Airport in Mauritius at 16:45 hrs. It will turn around as EK 3706, departing Mauritius at 18:30 hrs and arriving in Dubai at 01:00 hrs the following day.