With Mauritius beginning its final phase of border reopening to international travellers on 1 October, low cost carrier FlySafair is eyeing scheduled services to the Indian Ocean Paradise this December.
The airline had previously hinted on launching direct flights to Mauritius earlier this year but no date was revealed at the time with a ban on South African travellers further hampering FlySafair’s flight plan.
“In just about 7 years we’ve managed to gain a fairly strong footprint in the South African domestic market. Finally breaking beyond local borders is an exciting milestone for us,” said Elmar Conradie, CEO of FlySafair.
“Mauritius holds a special place in the hearts of South Africans, and we’re so looking forward to offering flights just in time for the December holiday season.”
FlySafair will operate two weekly flights to Mauritius – on Tuesday and Saturday – using the Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Flights from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport will depart at 09:00 and return flights from Mauritius’ Ramgoolam International Airport will leave at 16:15.
Bookings for FlySafair’s Mauritius route are currently open for sale. The airline will compete directly on this route by British Airways, operated by Comair, and Air Mauritius.
By Victor Shalton Odhiambo