FlySafair approved to fly between South Africa and Mauritius

Posted by Kyro Mitchell on 1 February 2021

A new route between local airline FlySafair and Mauritius has been approved, and will be functional as soon as Mauritius reopens their borders to South African travellers.

FlySafair announced on Monday, February 1 that its rights application to operate flights between South Africa and Mauritius has been approved. While a schedule is not currently available due to the island nation’s travel ban to and from South Africa, the airline will introduce a twice-weekly service as soon as government regulations allow.

According to a statement by Elmar Conradie, CEO of FlySafair, ‘This is an all-important milestone for the FlySafair team as we look to expand our operations.’

South Africans have a long-standing love affair with Mauritius as a travel destination. In 2018, 1.4 million tourists visited the island, exceeding its total population at the time, and South Africans made up 14.2% of these visitor numbers.

On the flip side, there’s been a steady growth in Mauritians visiting South Africa between 2018 and 2019 with a notable 6.2% increase year-on-year.

While this might be the low-cost carrier’s first foray into international flight services, it’s old hat for its parent company Safair. Over its long and illustrious 50-year history, Safair has operated a number of specialist aviation services including the transport of cargo across Africa and as far as Antarctica.

Its commercial experience is not limited to FlySafair and spans some three decades with operating partnerships involving Kulula, AirNamibia, South African Airways and Ryanair.

‘Safair has been able to build up a wealth of experience in the aviation industry and we’re very fortunate to be able to tap into this as we embark on this exciting new chapter,’ added Conradie.

Picture: Supplied

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