Mauritius and China to connect better with 28 weekly flights
Mauritius and China are boosting air connectivity with the introduction of 28 weekly flights between the two countries as well as signature of an MoU on strengthening comprehensive civil aviation cooperation with the Civil Aviation Administration of China. (Image:en.africatime.com)
The Mauritian and Chinese governments have signed an agreement that will increase weekly flights along the China-Mauritius-Africa route to 28.
The agreement, which increases connectivity, is a key for the country’s development, which depends on tourism revenues to boost economic growth.
The terms of this agreement allow airline companies of both countries to operate 28 flights between Mauritius and China, and also include access to four key African cities, which have not been named yet.
Also, Mauritius will now be able to lay claim to being the continent’s hub in terms of financial, medical and educational services, with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Strengthening Comprehensive Civil Aviation Cooperation to be signed with the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
Under the MoU, the fields of cooperation would include infrastructure, air transport, air navigation, environment, sustainable biofuels, and aeronautical industry.
This MoU would be beneficial to the aviation sector of the island economy, more particularly for the proposed setting up of a Regional Aviation Training Academy at the SSR International Airport.
The Government has also agreed to the ratification of the Amended Nairobi Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Western Indian Ocean and the Protocol for the Protection of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Western Indian Ocean from Land-Based Sources and Activities.
Also known as the LBSA Protocol (2010), it makes provision, among others, for parties to take appropriate measures in conformity with international law, to prevent, reduce, mitigate, and combat pollution, and protect and manage the marine and coastal environment.