Air Mauritius will resume its direct operations to Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi from May 3, with two weekly flights using newly leased Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
These aircraft will feature 18 business and 236 economy class seats. The business product offers lie-flat seats with a slight angle across a 2-2-2 configuration. Economy is in a standard 2-4-2 layout.
Flights to Delhi will depart Mauritius on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2115 and arrive the next day at 0615 in the Indian capital.
The returns leave Delhi on Thursdays and Sundays 0800 and get back to Mauritius same day at 1400.
Flights between Mauritius and Delhi will take approximately seven hours and 30 minutes.
Air Mauritius also operates six weekly flights to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai.
Kresimir Kucko, CEO of Air Mauritius commented: “We are pleased to restart our operations to New Delhi after three years of absence. Mauritius and India share a special relationship that is built on the foundation of people-to-people ties. Both countries are united by culture, ancestry, language and geography. In April this year, Air Mauritius will be proudly commemorating its 50 years of presence in Mumbai. New avenues are being explored with Air India in order to offer seamless connectivity via both Mumbai and New Delhi to/from a number of destinations in India.”
Separately, Air Mauritius confirms that it will move its operations from London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Gatwick Airport (LGW) with daily operations from October 29.
The national airline will boost its frequency from five weekly flights to a daily service to Gatwick using a mix of its latest generation aircraft, the Airbus A350-900 and A330-900neo.
These aircraft offer refreshed cabins and fully flat business suites in a 1-2-1 configuration.
“London has always been a high-priority destination for us and as part of the commemoration of Air Mauritius’ 50 years of operations to the United Kingdom in November 2023, we are proud to announce daily operations to London Gatwick as from 29 October this year. This strategic move allows Air Mauritius to meet increasing demand on this historical route while using its most environmentally friendly types of aircraft,” commented airline chief Kucko, a former Croatia Airlines and Gulf Air chief executive.
Furthermore, Air Mauritius will resume direct seasonal flights between Mauritius and Geneva with two weekly flights using the Airbus A330-900neo aircraft from October 2 to January 12, 2024.
“We are pleased to note the excellent response of the market to the resumption of operations to Geneva. We believe that it will contribute to boost tourist arrivals from Switzerland, Italy, southern Germany and France. Direct long-haul operations have traditionally been our strength to secure competitive leverage and we are currently exploring other similar opportunities to expand our network,” said Kucko.
He added that such direct operations complement the airline’s ‘origin-destination’ network.
Air Mauritius’ main gateway in Europe is Paris from where it offers codeshare flights to nearly 40 destinations across the continent via partner Air France. Air Mauritius currently operates twice daily frequencies to Paris Charles de Gaulle.