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British visitors flock to Mauritius as airlift soars

British visitors flock to Mauritius as airlift soars

In August 2014, Mauritius welcomed 11,857 arrivals from the UK, a 20.5 per cent increase year on year compared to August 2013; higher than any other month in the past five years.

The August arrival figures have had a positive effect on the cumulative arrivals to date, bringing the UK to an overall increase of 11.75 per cent over the period of January to August 2014 compared to the same period in 2013. 

The positive figures for this month can be in part attributed to the additional flights to Mauritius.

Over the past six months alone the destination has seen increases to its capacity with the introduction of new routes from Emirates and Thomson’s Dreamliner.

For existing routes the national carrier, Air Mauritius reported a return to profitability and has announced plans to expand its current fleet; identifying future growth opportunities for the destination.


Growth can also be attributed to the islands rich assets.

From sun-drenched beach relaxation to tandem sky diving to discovering the eclectic mix of cultures, the destination offers something for everyone looking for an unforgettable holiday location where pristine sandy beaches and turquoise lagoons are waiting to be explored.

Rhys Powell, MTPA sales and marketing manager commented: “This is fantastic news for Mauritius and we hope to see more growth as we approach the final quarter of 2014.

“It’s extremely encouraging to have seen an increase in air capacity, which as the figures show, have had an impact on our UK arrival statistics.

“With more routes than ever before we need to ensure that our ground products and services meet the increased demand.

“Moreover, it is important that we don’t let our standards slip and we remain the luxury market leader.”