Johannesburg-based low-cost airline, FlySafair will be launching Mauritius flights beginning March 8, with a 2X-weekly service to the popular island destination.
The four-hour service will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays with Flight FA800 departing JNB at 09h00 and arriving in Mauritius at 15h15.
Returned flight FA801 will depart Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, Mauritius, at 16h15 and land in Johannesburg at 18h30.
“We are super-excited about our first route beyond South Africa’s borders. It’s a huge milestone for the airline,” said Chief Marketing Officer, Kirby Gordon to Travel News.
Mauritius flights restrictions
Mauritius is the latest island nation to lift its South African travel ban three weeks ahead of the scheduled date, as a similar move was seen taken by other island destinations including Seychelles and the Maldives.
The popular island destination had initially announced that the Omicron-induced travel ban would last until Jan, 31.
FlySafair originally planned to start its Mauritius flights on December 11 but due to the ban imposed on South African travellers after the detection of the controversial Omicron coronavirus variant in late November, the date was delayed to March 8.
The Island country’s initial decision to extend the travel ban to Jan. 31 was met with disdain, making the popular island destination suddenly change its plans in an announcement last week.
“We are very pleased that South Africans can once again travel to Mauritius,” Arvind Bundhun, Director of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA), said.
Airlines Flying Johannesburg – Mauritius flights
Air Mauritius recently announced the resumption of its commercial flights from Johannesburg to Mauritius.
The airline serves five weekly flights scheduled for January 2022, operated on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Flights will be operated by both the carrier’s Airbus A350-900 and the A330-900neo.
South African Airways which also operates flights directly to Mauritius has not yet confirmed when these services will resume.