The FINANCIAL — The first scheduled Air Mauritius flight to Chengdu departed on July 6 at 17H45. Chengdu thus becomes the 4th Air Mauritius destination in China after Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing.
Air Mauritius started operations to China with a first flight to Shanghai on the 4th July 2011 as part of its plan to rebalance its network and fuel growth towards emerging markets. This pioneering initiative stimulated demand substantially from the Chinese market and led the company to increase its frequency to mainland China with 3 direct weekly flights to Shanghai and 2 flights to Beijing in 2015, according to Air Mauritius.
This year Air Mauritius is diversifying and hence strengthening its operations to China by adding Chengdu as a destination. The total number of seats on direct flights to mainland China will now reach 132,000 for Financial Year 2015/16 thus providing scope for further growth in this key market.
Consequently, Air Mauritius now provides 9 flight options to China per week.
•2 direct flights to Shanghai
•1 direct flight to Beijing
•1 direct flight to Chengdu
•2 direct flights to Hong Kong
•3 flights to China via our hub Kuala Lumpur
Andre Viljoen, Air Mauritius CEO stated: “Air Mauritius, as national airline, has been investing massively in China over the past four years and in line with the country’s strategy to diversify its tourists’ markets.
Tourist arrivals from China have consistently reached double-digit growth figures since start of operations in 2011. China has now become a leading market for Air Mauritius and the start of operations to Chengdu broadens the scope for further growth.”