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Air Mauritius to resume non-stop 'moonlight' flights from Cape Town in November

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Le Morne Brabant is a peninsula at the extreme southwestern tip of the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius (Getty Images)
Le Morne Brabant is a peninsula at the extreme southwestern tip of the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius (Getty Images)
  • Mauritius has welcomed an influx of South African tourists since the scrapping of travel restrictions.
  • That's been helped by South African Airways and FlySafair offering additional flights between the two countries.
  • Now, Air Mauritius, which already has daily flights from Johannesburg, is relaunching its connection to Cape Town.
  • Non-stop flights from Cape Town to Mauritius will return on 16 November.
  • These "moonlight" flights will depart Cape Town at 22:05 and arrive in Mauritius the next day at 05:10.
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Non-stop flights between Cape Town and Mauritius will relaunch in November amid a resurgence of South African tourists visiting the island nation.

Mauritius' tourism and hospitality industry, which accounted for a quarter of the island nation's GDP prior to the pandemic, was decimated by Covid-19. Global travel restrictions and Mauritius' own stringent border policies effectively halted tourist arrivals for around two years.

But with much of the world's travel restrictions being dropped over the past five months, Mauritius has seen a surge in foreign arrivals, especially those coming from South Africa. South African arrivals in April and May of this year exceeded pre-pandemic levels of travel.

See also | South Africans are flocking to Mauritius again – with arrivals at pre-pandemic levels

This swift recovery has been helped by additional flights between the two countries.

South African Airways (SAA) restarted its flights to Mauritius in November and recently confirmed that it would be adding more flights to the route in the wake of Comair's demise.

Local low-cost airline FlySafair launched twice-weekly flights from Johannesburg to Mauritius in March and, according to a recent application, wants to fly more frequently to the island. FlySafair's entry to Mauritius was well-timed, considering the downfall of Comair, which was one of the few local carriers flying directly to the island nation.

Air Mauritius currently has one daily flight from Johannesburg, with additional capacity on that specific route touted for October.

Air Mauritius announced via social media on Tuesday that it would relaunch non-stop flights between Cape Town and Mauritius on 16 November 2022, using its "new generation A350/A330neo aircraft."

"Fly away in the moonlight from Cape Town and wake up to the sunrise in Mauritius," said the airline in announcing the resumption.

"Two weekly flights are scheduled with departure from Cape Town at 22:05 and arrival in Mauritius the next day at 05:10."

These non-stop flights from Cape Town International Airport to Mauritius start from around R6,573 for a one-way ticket. Flights from Johannesburg's OR Tambo, during the same period, start at R5,548.


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