France’s Corsair to increase flights to Mauritius
Mauritius tourism to get a boost as France’s Corsair moves to have three weekly winter flights to the island nation, a favourite destination for European, and particularly French, visitors (Image: www.wikipedia.com)
Mauritius and The Reunion, renowned for their world-class hospitality industry, have taken pride of place in French airline Corsair International’s new schedule. Corsair will now offer daily flights to The Reunion with a Boeing 747 while Mauritius will be covered three times a week in winter.
Currently, Corsair operates three flights a week only in summer to the island nation, famed for its world-class resorts, white beaches and verdant surroundings. From 28 October to 30 March, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday are the days covered for departure from Paris to Port Louis, while return flights from France to Mauritius fly on Monday, Friday and Sunday.
However, now even in winter, otherwise regarded as an off-peak season for the beach-and-sun destination, the French aviation major is planning to replicate its thrice-weekly schedule.
This is expected to give a boost to European footfalls in Mauritius, welcome news for the island nation which receives over 50 percent of its tourists from Europe and particularly France. Worryingly, latest data from Statistics Mauritius for September 2013 showed a 2.3 percent decline in European tourists. Greater flight connectivity from Europe may prompt a reversal of this negative trend.
Apart from the Indian Ocean zone, the French airline is poised to increase its daily flights to several destinations during the new IATA 2013-2014 season.
Corsair stated that giving more flexibility to business clients in terms of movement as an important rationale for the new and improved schedule.
Corsair is also looking at strengthening its link with West Africa through Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire. Senegal’s capital Dakar will benefit from daily flights using Airbus A330-300 while Cote d’Ivoire’s financial capital of Abidjan will be served four times a week.
Besides Africa, Corsair will also extend its presence in North America in summer to Montreal, Canada, with daily flights from mid-April next year.
Corsair estimates its occupancy rate at 87% for the 2012-2013 season.
Founded in 1981, Corsair is a subsidiary of TUI France, itself a subsidiary of TUI Travel PLC, the world’s leading tourism group which is present in 180 countries around the world.
Each year, nearly 1.3 million passengers travel by Corsair worldwide, making the airlines second only to Air France.
Source: Company website, Statistics Mauritius