Air Mauritius is switching its London operations from Heathrow airport to Gatwick this winter.

The flag carrier will launch daily flights from London Gatwick to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International airport on October 29, using A350-900 and A330-900 neo aircraft.

According to the airline, approximately 290,000 passengers flew from London to Mauritius in 2022 – a four per cent increase on 2019 levels.

In November the airline will celebrate 50 years of operating to London.

Kresimir Kucko, CEO of Air Mauritius, said:

“We are proud to begin daily operations to London Gatwick from 29 October. This strategic move allows Air Mauritius to meet increasing demand on this historical route while using its most environmentally friendly types of aircraft, such as the Airbus A350-900 and the A330-900 neo.

“We are confident this new service plan will further strengthen our relationship with valued customers from the UK and connecting markets.”

Stephanie Wear, VP Airline Relations at Gatwick airport, added:

“Air Mauritius’ arrival at London Gatwick is fantastic news for passengers, providing more competition and flights to a wonderful holiday destination, known for its tropical year-round climate and gorgeous beaches…

“Air Mauritius is the latest in a number of airlines looking to operate long-haul routes from Gatwick, which further highlights the strong demand for slots at our airport.”

The new route is part of the airline’s plans to rebuild its network following the pandemic:

Air Mauritius rebuilds network