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Emirates connects Mauritius to Ukraine; opens new tourism frontiers

Emirates connects Mauritius to Ukraine; opens new tourism frontiers

For the Mauritian tourism sector, this is a golden opportunity to exploit the emerging market of Ukraine, with a population of 45 million. (Image: Company)

With the launch of Emirates operations in Kiev in January 2014, Mauritius is now connected by daily flights to Ukraine via Dubai.

For the Mauritian tourism sector, this is a golden opportunity to exploit the emerging market of Ukraine, with a population of 45 million.

Emirates has recently unveiled new expansion plans for Eastern Europe with the launch of daily flights to the Kyiv Boryspil International Airport in Kiev from January 16.

With a daily service provided by an Airbus A340-500, the new flight will provide international connections through Dubai to the Eastern European country.

According to Oomar Ramtoola, Emirates Manager for Mauritius and the islands of the Indian Ocean, Dubai’s premier carrier has contributed to the development of new tourism markets for Mauritius.

“The launch of the service to Ukraine will certainly be well received by all stakeholders in the local tourism industry. It is a high-end market and is therefore of particular interest to Mauritius.”

Dr Karl Mootoosamy, Director, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) welcomed the news of the Emirates flight to Kiev.

“This is a great opportunity for Mauritius and is in line with our strategy to promote Ukraine. With Dubai being a major aviation hub, we can certainly expect an increase in tourist arrivals from Ukraine,” he stated.

The daily service EK171, will leave Dubai at 1715hrs and arrive in Kiev at 2035hrs the same day. The return flight to Dubai leaves Kiev at 2210hrs and gets into Dubai at 0455hrs the following day.

The Airbus A340-500 offers 258 seats in all – with 12 luxurious private suites in First Class, 42 seats in Business Class, and 204 in Economy Class.

Customers can also enjoy seamless transfers across a global network in over 140 locations, thanks to the state-of-the-art hub of Emirates in Dubai.

Passengers on all Emirates flights will also enjoy a bonus of an additional 30kg baggage in Economy Class, 40kg in Business Class and 50kg in First.

Besides, with hundreds of channels on demand, passengers can look forward to the best-in-class entertainment that Emirates is known for.

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