Air Mauritius will begin its move from London Heathrow to Gatwick on Sunday, as the airline continues to consolidate its growth plans.
The airline announced back in March that they would be adding services into the region’s second busiest airport.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
Air Mauritius Begins Move from London Heathrow to Gatwick…
Air Mauritius confirmed such a statement of moving from London Heathrow to Gatwick by June, which means that the airport will see a once-daily service as follows:
|Flight Number||Routing||Days of Operations||Scheduled Time of Departure||Scheduled Time of Arrival|
|MK042||MRU-LGW||Monday to Sunday||2305 local time||0700 local time the next day.|
|MK053||LGW-MRU||Monday to Sunday||1555 local time||0715 local time the next day.|
It is understood that the airline will use a mixture of its Airbus A330neo and A350 aircraft, which will be used dependent on demand.
Stephanie Wear, VP Aviation Development, Gatwick Airport had this to say back in March:
“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.”
Adding to this was Krešimir Kučko, CEO, Air Mauritius:
“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.”
The South-East Airport Continues To Welcome New & Returning Carriers…
London Gatwick Airport has been very much in the background growing at their own discretion over the course of this year.
Airlines moving over from Heathrow does seem to be a thing currently, as Greek carrier SKY express added services earlier this year.
However, Gatwick’s route portfolio has been growing very steadily over the past few months, with them announcing back in August that they will hit up to 50 long-haul destinations by November 2023 through the addition of a service by Ethiopian Airlines.
Back in June, London Gatwick Airport also announced that work on the redevelopment of it’s North Terminal had begun, aimed at changing the passenger experience for the better.
With the appeal that the airport is trying to portray, it is clearly working if the likes of Air Mauritius and other carriers are switching over.
On top of this, with slots at Heathrow also quite hard to come by, the connectivity provided by the airport in the South-East into central London does make things more effortless for passengers.
Looking ahead, all eyes will be on Gatwick to see what other airlines will be inclined to operate there instead of Heathrow.
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