FlySafair flights to Mauritius
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  • South African low-cost carrier FlySafair will fly to Mauritius for the first time on 11 December.
  • This comes ten months after the airline first announced that its flight path between South Africa and Mauritius had been approved.
  • Restrictions on South African travellers were recently lifted, coinciding with the island nation’s full reopening to vaccinated tourists on Friday 1 October.
  • FlySafair will offer two weekly flights, competing well with British Airways and Air Mauritius during its first month of flying.
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South African low-cost carrier FlySafair will start flying to Mauritius in December, following a long wait for the island nation to ease travel restrictions.

Mauritius ended its ban on South African travellers earlier in September, coinciding with the island’s reopening to tourism which enters its final phase on Friday 1 October. South Africans have been restricted from visiting the island nation throughout the pandemic.

Flights between the two countries are expected to resume in October, with Air Mauritius leading the charge and its first flight departing OR Tambo International Airport on Friday.

Under the new rules which come into effect on Friday, travellers to Mauritius will be allowed to explore the entire island and all it has to offer, so long as they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and present a negative PCR test result.

Previously, fully vaccinated visitors had been confined to pre-approved resorts, with access to the rest of the island limited for two weeks.

The requirements for unvaccinated guests stay the same. These travellers will need to quarantine in a hotel room for 14 days.

Mauritius’ reopening also ushers in a new route for FlySafair. The low-cost airline had first announced in February that it had been granted approval to operate flights between South Africa and Mauritius.  

But no date of lift-off was revealed at the time due to Mauritius’ ongoing international travel ban. The ban on South African travellers amid the island’s reopening further stalled FlySafair’s flight plan.

“In just about 7 years we’ve managed to gain a fairly strong footprint in the South African domestic market. Finally breaking beyond local borders is an exciting milestone for us,” said Elmar Conradie, CEO of FlySafair, on Tuesday in confirming the airline’s flights to Mauritius.

“Mauritius holds a special place in the hearts of South Africans, and we’re so looking forward to offering flights just in time for the December holiday season.”

FlySafair confirmed that it will operate two weekly flights to Mauritius – on Tuesday and Saturday – using the Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Flights from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport will depart at 09:00 and return flights from Mauritius’ Ramgoolam International Airport will leave at 16:15.

Flights between the two countries have a travel time of around four hours, with no stops in between. The first flight on this new route departs OR Tambo on 11 December.

Bookings for FlySafair’s Mauritius route opened on Tuesday, with the lowest one-way fare starting at R4,950.

FlySafair’s launch prices compete well with other airlines offering direct flights between the two countries, namely British Airways, operated by Comair, and Air Mauritius. British Airways’ December flights start at R7,266, but drop to as low as R4,266 in the new year. Excluding the first and last days of the month, Air Mauritius’ December schedule starts at R6,293.

(Compiled by Luke Daniel)

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