In more positive news for the aviation industry, Emirates has announced it is planning to deploy its iconic Airbus A380 to Mauritius from August 1, as the island destination re-opens its borders to international tourists.
The airline will however restart passenger services to Mauritius this summer with two weekly flights from 15 July operated on Thursdays and Saturday utilising a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Emirates flight EK 701 will depart Dubai 2:35hrs and arrive in Mauritius at 9:10hrs local time. The return flight will operate on Fridays and Sundays. Emirates flight EK 704 will depart Mauritius at 23:10hrs and arrive in Dubai at 5:45hrs local time, the following day.
The Emirates A380 experience remains a favourite amongst travellers for its spacious and comfortable cabins and the airline will continue to expand its deployment in line with the gradual return in demand. The airline is among the few airlines in the world still operating the famous A380’s which also features a wonderful lounge bar remodelled a couple of years ago to resemble a private yacht lounge.
Many airlines retired their larger aircraft in the wake of the COVID pandemic. Although Emirates grounded all their services in March of 2020, the airline is slowly gaining back their momentum. According to flight schedule data, Emirates is expected to operate 530 rotations with the A380’s from Dubai through the month of July.
Emirates currently operates the A380 to New York JFK, Los Angeles, Washington D.C, Toronto, Paris, Munich, Vienna, Frankfurt, Moscow, Amman, Cairo, and Guangzhou. Passengers can also enjoy other Indian Ocean destinations, as the airline offers 28 weekly flights to Maldives and seven weekly flights to Seychelles.
During July, Emirates is expected to be operating over 1000 flights on the famous A380s which equates to almost 521,000 seats. Compared to June, the new schedule reflects a 62.3% increase in the number of scheduled flights. Cairo is also serviced by the A380 seeing double daily flights.
Earlier in the year, Sir Tim Clark revealed he hoped that the entire Airbus A380 fleet would be back in the skies by the end of 2021. Each aircraft brought out of storage represents a tiny return to normality, after a year that changed travel forever.
From 15 July to 30 September 2021, Mauritius will open its borders to vaccinated passengers and Mauritian nationals. Fully vaccinated travellers can enjoy a “hotel holiday” and choose from an extensive list of approved hotels across the island. From 1 October, Mauritius will start to welcome fully vaccinated travellers who can explore the island freely with no restrictions.
By Victor Shalton Odhiambo