UAE carrier Emirates has said that it is temporarily increasing the frequency of its Dubai-Mauritius services from twice daily to thrice daily.

The additional evening frequency will begin on October 1, 2022, and will continue to operate until January 31, 2023.

The airline said that the added flight was “in response to increased travel demand to and from Mauritius.”

Emirates’ third-daily flight to Mauritius will be the EK 709 service which departs Dubai at 10.10pm and arrives in Mauritius at 4.45am.

EK 710 meanwhile will leave Mauritius at 6.30am and arrive in Dubai at  1.05pm.

The third-daily flight will boost seat capacity to and from Mauritius by approximately 35 per cent, catering to the surge in demand during one of the busiest travel seasons.

The added frequency supplements the existing double-daily Airbus A380 services and will also offer customers the choice of an early morning arrival at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International airport. Currently, the existing EK 0701 service arrives mid-morning, and EK 0703 lands in Mauritius early evening.

Significantly, all three daily flights offer code sharing with Air Mauritius too.

“Air connectivity is critical to international tourism, and these extra seats will help us bring even more visitors from across our network to Mauritius, and accommodate rising demand. Emirates is committed to playing a key role to promote inbound travel, and support the government in achieving its goal of hosting 1.4 million tourists by June 2023,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline and Group.

In May this year, Emirates renewed its MoU with the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) aimed at jointly promoting the island destination across Emirates’ global network.

In addition to carrying more passengers, Emirates’ third-daily flight between Dubai and Mauritius will provide around 30-40 tonnes of cargo belly-hold capacity for businesses.

Emirates started operations to Mauritius in September 2002 with thrice-weekly flights and currently is in its 20th year of operations to the Indian Ocean destination.