Indeed, Air Mauritius had started its presence in Geneva precisely thirty years ago, in 1987, and has operated here for almost twenty-five years without interruption. This decision marks the return of an iconic airline, famous for the quality of its service, strong of 50 years of history as the Mauritian national air carrier.
Flights are scheduled for next winter’s peak season from November 2017 to February 2018. They will be operated on Saturdays (18 November to 16 December), then on Fridays (22 December to 23 February), in order to align with the already busy weekends at Genève Aéroport during the winter period.
The day-end timetable is particularly suited to this trip, allowing a very comfortable outward night flight (departure from Geneva at 9.05 p.m., arrival in Mauritius at 11.05 a.m.). The return is done by day, departure from Mauritius at 9.15 a.m. arrival in Geneva at 5.50 p.m. As a reminder, one of the advantages of this exotic destination is its very small jet-lag compared to Geneva (+ 3 hours in the winter).
Mauritius is a beautiful island of only 1.3 million inhabitants, located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Madagascar and close to la Réunion. In addition to its dreamy beaches and idyllic landscapes, it boasts an excellent, and rather upscale oriented, infrastructure. The richness of its mixed culture offers also a very humanly rich stay. Being a French speaking destination is, above all, an essential asset for the Swiss and French clientele of the Genève Aéroport catchment area.
Air Mauritius flights are already on sale, and many tour operators in the region offer arrangements that benefit from the unquestionable advantage of this direct flight. The local market should therefore ensure the success of this new route and be beneficial to Mauritius Island’s tourism. In 2016, more than 36,000 Swiss have visited this destination, an 18% increase and trend that should go on.
Mauritius is also a business centre and a major financial centre for the entire southern Africa.
This new, southern hemisphere, destination is judiciously complementing the direct air services proposed by Genève Aéroport and meets one of its stated vocations, namely to improve the quality of its long-haul network.