Austrian Airlines to launch direct flights to Mauritius starting October 2015
The airlines, which is a subsidiary of global aviation major Lufthansa, says it decided to enter the Mauritian market after seeing strong uptake on its flights to the parallel Indian Ocean island of Male, Maldives. (Image: European Aviation)
Extending its leisure segment to include the highly acclaimed sun-and-sand destination of Mauritius, Germany-based Lufthansa group’s Austrian Airlines will commence a weekly Vienna service to the island starting October 29, 2015, when the airlines will fly a Boeing 767 nonstop every Thursday.
Passengers will reach the Indian Ocean island island after a flight lasting 10 hours and 40 minutes, and for this direct service, tickets will be available starting from EUR 899 in Economy Class.
The airlines, which is a subsidiary of global aviation major Lufthansa, says it decided to enter the Mauritian market after seeing strong uptake on its flights to the parallel Indian Ocean island of Male, Maldives, which showed the airlines that there is strong tourism potential in the Indian Ocean region overall.
“Flights to Mauritius enable us to more effectively use our intercontinental network with our existing fleet of aircraft during the weak winter season, and thus increase our productivity,” said the Chief Executive Officer of Austrian Airlines, Jaan Albrecht.
Austrian Airlines says it expects local passengers to comprise two-thirds of those flying to Mauritius, with transfer passengers from other European destinations flying there via the Vienna hub making up the rest.
According to the ch-aviation route database, Air France, Air Mauritius, British Airways, Condor, Corsair International, Meridiana, Thomson Airways and Transaero Airlines all vie for a piece of the non-stop Europe – Mauritius market.
About Austrian Airlines:
Austrian Airlines is Austria’s largest carrier and operates a global route network of round 130 destinations.
Their route network is particularly dense in Central and Eastern Europe with 41 destinations, thanks to its favourable geographical location at the heart of Europe, the company’s hub at Vienna International Airport is the ideal gateway between East and West.
Austrian Airlines is part of the Lufthansa Group, one of Europe’s largest airline groups, and a member of the Star Alliance, the first global alliance of international airlines.
The flight operations of Austrian Airlines have been bundled with its 100% subsidiary Tyrolean Airways since July 01, 2012.