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Based in Port Louis, Air Mauritius offers South Africans easy access to the honeymooner's paradise. It is one of only 2 international carriers which operates flights from all of Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town (the other is Emirates). Air Mauritius is 8.5% owned by Air France. Use the flight bookings tool on the left to check airfares.
06-10-2022: Air Mauritius is restarting their direct flights between Cape Town and Mauritius. The twice-weekly service will run from 16 November 2022 until 15 January 2023, with the possibility of extending it.
02-10-2022: As of July South Africans could enter Mauritius without the need to produce a negative COVID test or proof of a COVID vaccine. They also removed the need for isolation and can fully explore the island from the time of your arrival.
05-01-2022: Mauritius has extended their travel ban on South Africa until the end of January 2022. Therefore Air Mauritius will not resume flights.
05-08-2021: Air Mauritius is back! From 1 October to 29 October they'll operate one weekly flight between Johannesburg and Mauritius on Fridays. From 5 November until 26 March 2022, they will operate a second weekly flight on Sundays.
23-04-2020: Air Mauritius joins many airlines around the world in financial struggles due to lockdowns, travel restrictions and reduced demand as a result of COVID-19. The airline has been placed under voluntary administration yesterday. While this move has scared many agents as they fear no more flights to Mauritius, others have lauded the decision as a responsible step to ensure sound financial decisions that could preserve the company. No announcement has been made with regards to flight schedule changes and the GDS still has Air Mauritius flights from 16 May onwards. Hopefully this will allow the airline to survive these tough times.
12-06-2019: Air Mauritius is introducing flights to Seychelles, effective from the 2nd of July 2019. This is perfect for travellers who can't choose between the two island destinations, as the connection will neccesitate some time spent in Mauritius as well as Seychelles. Who said you can't have the best of both worlds? The twice weekly service will seat 16 in business class and 108 in economy class.
12-11-2018: The airline announced late last week that they are cancelling their route to Wuhan, China. The route only launched on the 11th of August 2018, but had to be nixed as the airline continues route rationalisation. Affected passengers will be rerouted on other airlines.
29-09-2018: The airline announced today that their flights to Bangkok will be suspended effective from the 31st of October 2018, when it was due to start. More details will be released in due time.
16-08-2018: The small island airline is expanding their route network and has just introduced flights from Mauritius to Wuhan, China. The weekly flight MK690 departs Mauritius on Saturdays at 09h20 and arrives in Wuhan at 00h10 the next day. Flight MK691 departs Wuhan on Sundays. In addition to this route, Air Mauritius also just announced flights to Bangkok which will launch in November 2018.
2016-02-25: Air Mauritius announced yesterday that they are planning on launching a regional African airline that will operate flights between Africa and Asia. "The new regional airline will be established as a subsidiary of Air Mauritius and will increase the Air Mauritius network, adding an additional 8 points in the African region," said Carla da Silva, regional manager of Air Mauritius.
2014-07-15 The astonishing two year turnaround of Air Mauritius has been rewarded rather handsomely. Only two years ago the airline was struggling with financial losses and poor customer service ratings. They decided to sack the CEO and appoint someone new. Along with a new CEO came a top notch team of experienced men and women who had a plan to turn the airline around. They were recently rewarded for their efforts by Skytrax who officially awarded them a 4 star airline status. This puts Air Mauritius in the same league as Emirates and British Airways who are both also 4 Star Airlines. Well done to Air Mauritius on this achievement. We hope you keep on growing and moving the Southern African aviation industry forward.
2014-03-01 Air Mauritius's era of profitability continues, with passenger numbers up 4% and a 3.1m Euro profit posted for the 1st nine months of its 2014 financial year. On the downside, cabin load factors fell from 81% to 79%. The airline has been led back into the black ink by the ex CEO of SAA, Andre Viljoen.
2013-11-14 Air Mauritius increases Passenger Numbers: Air Mauritius has increased its passenger numbers by 6.8% from 318,077 in the quarter ended Sep 2012 to 339,688 in the quarter ended Sep 2013, with seats offered increasing by 4.2% (it added a flight to Beijing in July 2013)."
2013-06-14 Air Mauritius returns to Profitability : Air Mauritius has reported a profit of 2.3m Euros before tax for its 2013 financial year. Andre Viljoen, CEO of Air Mauritius said that "The results showed clearly that we are on the right track with our 7-step plan."
Air Mauritius offers direct flights from Cape Town, Durban & Johannesburg to Mauritius. On 27 June 2014 a new flight schedule is being introduced for flights to Mauritius from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.
From 1 June 2013 to 25 June 2013, and 8 October 2013 to 26 October 2013 Air Mauritius is reducing its CPT-MRU service to 2 flights a week, and switching from an Airbus A319 to an Airbus A340-300.
From November 2012 Air Mauritius is increasing its frequency of Cape Town - Mauritius flights from 2 to 3 a week.
22 May 2015. Air Maritius is cancelling their morning flights out of Johannesburg from the 21st of August 2015. Storing the plane overnight has proven to be costly and they haven't seen the returns they expected. AIr Mauritius will be operating wide-bodied planes on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays to compensate for the reduced flights.
7 March 2012. Air Mauritius has indicated that it will introduce double-daily flights from Johannesburg to Mauritius, to compensate for the loss of Durban to Mauritius flights. A date for the additional JNB-Mauritius flights is yet to be announced, but it appears it will be timed for peak holiday season.
5 July 2013. Air Mauritius resumes flights from Durban to Mauritius. “Our value propositions encompassing incentive agreements, committed seats and Travel Smart will be applicable to further assist our partners in helping us boost this route so that we can maintain it. We will be working closely with our partners at ACSA and government to ensure further synergies are also attained," said Air Mauritius's Regional Manager for South Africa, Ms Carla da Silva. Flights are to be flown in an Airbus A319 on Fridays & Sundays, and are scheduled to leave Durban at 12h10 and land in Mauritius at 18h00.
On 29 August 2012, Air Mauritius announced that it'll be flying to & from Durban from 21 December 2012 until 13 January 2013.
Effective 26 October 2012, Air Mauritius Durban flights are via Johannesburg: “Having reviewed Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, it makes more economic sense to focus on the commercial powerhouse of South Africa, being Gauteng, for future growth prospects. We have provided all our venerated stakeholders with advanced warning, and plans are already in motion to accommodate forward bookings. These are to be re-booked on to an alternative Air Mauritius flight to the passengers’ final destinations at no extra cost, provided the itinerary was issued on a single ticket.” said the Regional Manager Southern Africa and Latin America of Air Mauritius, Carla da Silva.
23 May 2016. Air Mauritius and Emirates Airlines passengers can now earn and redeem miles on both carriers. This means that members of Kestrelflyer, Air Mauritius' Rewards Programme, can now also earn and redeem miles on Emirates flights.
24 July 2016. From the 12th of July 2016, Air Mauritius will operate flights to Guangzhou, China. “The launch of the new route in China is in line with our vision of connecting Africa with Asia,” Air Mauritius said in a statement. Flights on this route start from R8500* and includes a free stop-over in Mauritius with accommodation, transfers and selected meals.
23 July 2016. Air Mauritius are introducing weekly flights from Mauritius to Tanzania. The Mauritius-Dar es Salaam-Nairobi flight brings Air Mauritius' total flights to Africa per week to 26. These Friday flights brings Air Mauritius one step closer to its goal of becoming a regional African airline.
22 July 2015. Air Mauritius upped their luggage allowance. From today economy class passengers can take two pieces of luggage weighing no more than 23kg each and business class passengers can take two pieces weighing 32kg each.
14 July 2015. Air Mauritius started flying Chengdu, China from the 6th of July 2015. This is their fourth Chinese destination. Since SAA cancelled their China routes, Air Mauritius is starting to look more attractive with free stop-overs allowed in certain instances. They also fly to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
12 February 2015. Air Mauritius is allowing economy class passengers travelling to India from Durban 30 kg of checked baggage. Business class allowances stay the same.
9 February 2015. Air Seychelles and Air Mauritius have signed a codeshare agreement which will greatly benefit visitors to Madagascar and Seychelles as it gives a wider range of connecting flight options.
13 January 2015 : Air Mauritius had to cancel all their return flights from South Africa today as tropical storm Bansi brings heavy winds to the island. All passengers will be acommodated on other flights and can contact the airline or their travel agents for assistence.
13 February 2014 : Somebody's gotta do the dirty work: The grease monkeys at Standard Aero have been appointed to maintain Air Mauritius's Pratt & Whitney engines on their ATR72 planes.
2 January 2014. Flights cancelled as cyclone approachs : Reunion was hit by Tropical Cyclone Bejisa yesterday. Air Mauritius has rescheduled its flight to London as the cyclone approaches the island - MK042 has been changed to leave at 12h00 today, instead of 22h05.
21 November 2013. Admin Fee : From 1 December 2013 Air Mauritius are introducing an administrative fee of R500 for any refunds which need to be processed, whether by GDS, directly or BSP.
7 September 2013. The first Air Mauritius pax to check in at the new terminal building are Mr & Mrs Armance (appropriately given this is the honeymoon capital of the world, they're honeymooners).
15 Apr 2013. Air Mauritius cancels its flights to Rodrigues, as a result of cyclone Imelda.
Dec 2013. Air Mauritius adds a fifth weekly flight from Mumbai (in addition to the 2 weekly flights from Delhi, 1 from Bangalore & 1 from Chennai).
8 Apr 2013. Air Mauritius's Kestrelflyers can now get 1000 miles when they rent from Sixt Car Rental (2000 miles if you use their limousine service). Kestrelflyer red and silver card holders can get up to ten percent discounts from Sixt, and Kestrelflyer gold card holders up to 15% off (and a possible upgrade).
1 Mar 2013. Air Mauritius launches an "UpgradeNow" service, which allows pax to upgrade to a higher class for a fee, a few days before departure. “We are constantly trying to find new ways to serve our customers better. ‘UpgradeNow’ gives a broader range of passengers access to the comfort and service of our business-class cabin and services. It is one of the new offerings that we are introducing as part of our objective to step up service.” said the Chief Executive of Air Mauritius, André Viljoen.
24 Jan 2013. Air Mauritius commences direct flights from Mauritius to Shanghai.
12 Sep 2012. Air Mauritius appoints Andre Viljoen as Chief Executive Officer, confirming a role he has held on an acting basis since Dec 2012. Viljoen was previously CEO of SAA from 2001 until 2004.
31 Aug 2012. Air Mauritius quits flying to Frankfurt/Geneva
29 Jun 2012. Air Mauritius weekend sale for flights from Johannesburg to Mauritius
20 Jun 2012. Air Mauritius launches a new website: "We are delighted to be launching our new revamped website designed to reflect our brand, while projecting the image of a modern and innovative airline. Our e-commerce strategy is aligned to the growing demand of our customers for online products. We are continually on the lookout to enrich our offer, and our revamped website contains new features aiming to give a pleasant and efficient web experience to our customers. We now have the basis for further innovation and enhancements." said the Chief Executive Officer of Air Mauritius, André Viljoen.
14 May 2012. Air Mauritius quits flying to Milan.
December 2012. Andre Viljoen is appointed acting CEO of Air Mauritius.
1995. Air Mauritius Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
1 Nov 1977. A B707 is wet-leased from British Airtours.
1973 A Vickers VC10 is wet-leased from BA to be operated on flights to London from Mauritius via Nairobi.
Aug 1972. Air Mauritius leases a plane from Air Madagascar to start its own flights from Mauritius to Rodrigues (previously it provided ground services only).
14 Jun 1967. Air Mauritius Ltd is established as a JV between BOAC Associated Companies (owned 27.5%), Air France (owned 27.5%), the Mauritian Government (owned 27.5%) & Rogers & Co (which owned the remaining 17.5%). Rogers & Co were the sales agents for Air France & BOAC in Mauritius. Its Executive Director was John Linstead and it was based in Port Louis. Initial plans were to fly between Reunion & Mauritius.
Flight prices may have changed from those below:
19 January 2023. Save on flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg when booking before 27 January 2023. Flights start from R9,430*. Travel on selected dates between 16 Jan - 22 Mar or 6 May and 21 Jun 2023 when departing from Johannesburg. If departing from Cape Town, travel on selected dates between 7 May and 21 Jun 2023.
Book & pay for your Air Mauritius flight before the 15th Nov 2013, when their new prices come out.
1 October 2013. If you rent a car from Sixt car hire on the Air Mauritius website before 15 Dec 2013 you will earn 2000 Kestrelflyer Miles, and if you hire it or 7 days or more you get 3000 Kestrelflyer Miles. This cannot be combined with other point promotions.
24 April 2013. MRU to Barcelona from Rs39,450*; MRU to Birmingham from Rs39,900*; MRU to Frankfurt from Rs41,700*; MRU to Geneva from R39,400*; MRU to Lyon from Rs37,400*; MRU to Madrid from Rs39,500; MRU to Manchester from Rs40,000*; MRU to Newcastle from Rs40,000*; MRU to Rome from Rs39,650*; MRU to Zurich from Rs40,050*. Selected flights from 22 May 2013 to 27 June 2013.
20 April 2013. Air Mauritius specials. Mauritius to Singapore from Rs22197*, Mauritius to Cape Town from Rs21860**, Mauritius to Paris from R34523*, Mauritius to Kuala Lumpur from Rs21979*, Mauritius to Johannesburg from Rs15020**, Mauritius to London from Rs41877, Mauritius to Bangkok from Rs29881*, Mauritius to Reunion from Rs7383*. **Cape Town & Johannesburg flights are only valid for 1 adult when travelling with a companion. */** Prices subject to change, exclude service fees & are subject to currency fluctuations. Limited availability and conditions apply. If you do not find availability on your preferred travel dates, please try your search with alternative dates.
Air Mauritius is rated 3.5/5 based on 3 customer reviews
2016-05-04 Rating 5/5 : "Last year in April 2015 I took my daughters to Mauritius for our first ‘overseas’ experience. It was my youngest daughter’s first flight and she was a bit nervous. We flew from Cape Town to Johannesburg with SAA and from there with Air Mauritius. I must commend Air Mauritius as they were excellent. The staff members were friendly and helpful and my youngest daughter even received a small gift when we settled into the flight. The food arrived steaming hot and it was very delicious although the portion was a little too big for one meal (but we didn’t complain). I even got to relax with some in-flight movies. The return flight was direct from Mauritius and the 6 hours went by very fast. We received a good meal and a snack an hour before we landed. We enjoyed our first island vacation and hope to go on a boat cruise next year for my eldest’s 21st birthday." Janine Johnson
2014-11-28 Rating 4/5 : "I recently went on my first trip to Mauritius and chose Air Mauritius to get us there safely. Our fligt to Mauritius was delayed coming from Paris, which meant that we only arrived late in the evening yet they still served lunch on board which we found rather funny as they were already aware of the delay the previous day. The food was good and we enjoyed the in-flight entertainment which included some of the latest movies and series. The air staff were friendly and check-in at both airports went quickly. We were very impressed with the SSR International Airport which has recently been renovated so although it was small everything was neat and modern. On our flight back we experienced some turbulence but the pilots assured us they were trying to avoid the worst. Luckily we had great weather throughout our trip and really enjoyed it!Astrid
2013-08-31 Rating 4/5 : "My family and I (2 adults and 2 kids) flew Air Mauritius. It was very good. The hostesses were very accomodating especially given that my son is vegetarian and they made sure that his food was brought and checked it. Its nice to know that the airlines assist with the kids. Thank you King Shaka International Airport and Air Mauritius". Devin
2013-07-08 Rating 3</5 : "We went to Mauritius for a holiday, and we did not know we had to confirm our return trip, so when we got to the airport we were told we were not booked on the flight. I was very stressed as I had 2 small children under 3 years old and just the thought of sitting in the airport waiting for a flight with these 2 small kids was a nightmare already. My sister in law, who was quite outspoken threw up a fuss & demanded that we be given accommodation if we were not back on the flight. We originally booked economy, but with all the fuss she threw we were given places on business class. We really enjoyed our flight back. It was a great experience". Sham
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Air Mauritius Limited is 51% owned by Air Mauritius Holdings Limited (in which the Mauritian Government has a majority stake), with the remaining 49% being listed free float on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
In its business class Air Mauritius ofers 110 volt AC power outlets for laptops, but not in economy class.
2013-07-07 Beijing Flights Commence :Flights are launched from Mauritius to Beijing, in Airbus A340-300 planes once a week. Flight MK687 is scheduled to leave Beijing at 12h45 on Monday. Flight MK686 is scheduled to leave Mauritius on Saturdays at 13h40 and land in Beijing at 05h45 on Sundays. It opens new avenues for the consolidation of ties between our two countries and allows Mauritius to further tap into the opportunities offered by one of the world’s fastest growing economies.” said André Viljoen, the Chief Executive fo Air Mauritius. This creates the opportunity for 1-stop flights from Cape Town to Beijing and Johannesburg to Beijing via Mauritius.
2011 Air Mauritius launches flights to Shanghai
Kestrelflyer is Air Mauritius's frequent flyer program. Members can get discounts when hiring a car from Sixt.
Air Mauritius South Africa website.
Since 1 February 2012 Air Mauritius has been offering passengers the option of buying an exit seat (either next to or immediately behind the emergency exit door) on their A340 and A330 aircraft.
The exit seats are sold per flight sector at check-in only and are on a first come first serve basis.
The following passengers are not allowed in exit seats:
Passengers who are either substantially blind or deaf, to the extent that they might not readily understand printed or verbal instructions from the crew.
Passengers who do not speak English or French. Passengers in the exit row need to be able to understand safety instructions in case of an emergency.
Passenger who because of physical stature, age or illness have difficulty with moving quickly.
Children under the age of 15 (whether accompanied or not) and infants.
Exit row seats are non-transferable.
Passengers who have requested additional assistance from the airline, whether it be assistance to or from the aircraft, additional assistance on board, etc.
See Air Mauritius for up to date details.