In a further boost to its complement of long-haul offerings, London Gatwick Airport (LGA) will see the addition of Air Mauritius flights later this year.
London Gatwick Airport passengers will benefit from greater choice when looking for winter sun this year, with Air Mauritius announcing daily flights to the Indian Ocean island.
The Mauritian national flag-carrier will make its arrival at Gatwick on 29 October, and fly daily to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, Mauritius.
Route services will be operated by the carrier’s fleet of Airbus A350-900 and A330-900neo aircraft.
This new direct service will come as excellent news for UK travellers, with around 290,000 passengers having flown the London-Mauritius route in 2022. This figure represents a 4% increase on 2019 numbers.
Stephanie Wear, VP Aviation Development, Gatwick Airport said: “Air Mauritius’ arrival at London Gatwick is fantastic news for passengers, providing more competition and flights to a wonderful holiday destination, known for its tropical year-round climate and gorgeous beaches.”
“As we continue to welcome new and returning airlines to Gatwick, passengers across London and the South East will benefit from greater options to travel, whether for holidays, business or to visit family and friends.”
“Air Mauritius is the latest in a number of airlines looking to operate long-haul routes from Gatwick, which further highlights the strong demand for slots at our airport.”
Krešimir Kučko, CEO, Air Mauritius said: “In November Air Mauritius, the national airline of the Republic of Mauritius, will be commemorating its 50 years of operations to London which has always been a high-priority destination for both the airline and the country.”
“We are proud to begin daily operations to London Gatwick from 29 October. This strategic move allows Air Mauritius to meet increasing demand on this historical route while using its most environmentally friendly types of aircraft, such as the Airbus A350-900 and the A330-900neo.”
“We are confident this new service plan will further strengthen our relationship with valued customers from the UK and connecting markets.”
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London Gatwick Airport is a major international airport located in West Sussex, England. It is the second-busiest airport in the United Kingdom after London Heathrow Airport and the eighth-busiest airport in Europe by passenger traffic.
The airport serves approximately 200 destinations across the world and is a hub for a number of airlines, including EasyJet, British Airways, and Norwegian Air Shuttle. More than 40 airlines now fly from the airport to over 150 short-haul and more than 45 long-haul destinations.
The airport has seen some additional movement in recent times, with the migration of services from London Heathrow airport which has been hampered by the issue of high airline operators’ costs.
The latest to the join the list of new entrants to the airport was Greek low-cost airline Sky Express, which is making the move from London Heathrow to London’s second busiest airport.
This week, the Saudi flag carrier Saudia also announced the intended commencement of flights to Jeddah from the London airport.
The Saudi airline plans to fly six times a week to King Abdulaziz International Airport, Saudi Arabia with its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft from June 1 this year. Flight frequencies will then increase to daily services from August.
The new air Mauritius services perhaps also highlights Gatwick’s competitiveness to attract vital new routes to important markets.