Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Air Mauritius and Malaysian Airlines have strengthened their partnership by signing a new agreement this week, PANA reported.
The new agreement replaces the old one that focussed on the Kuala Lumpur-Mauritius route, where Air Mauritius is currently operating two weekly flights.
Following the new pact, an Air Mauritius official said the partnership would be gradually being extended to other destinations served by Malaysia Airlines.
The implication is that Air Mauritius will be able to add its code to Malaysia Airlines flights connecting in Kuala Lumpur to selected destinations in Australia and Asia.
Later, Malaysia Airlines will also add its code to Air Mauritius flights connecting in Mauritius to selected destinations in the Indian Ocean.
Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Officer Dato' Sri Idris Jala said the agreement was in line with the company's strategy to improve feeder traffic into its trunk routes in order to generate more revenue.
On his part, Manoj Ujoodha, Chief Executive Officer of Air Mauritius, wants to provide more choice to travellers by providing new services to Thailand and China initially.
'''This agreement will also enable us to develop tourism to Mauritius from hitherto untapped markets,'' Ujoodha said.
Malaysia Airlines is the national carrier of Malaysia, one of Asia's largest, flying more than 48,000 passengers to over 100 destinations across six continents everyday.
Air Mauritius is also the national airline of Mauritius.
Set up in 1967, it operates flights to over 24 destinations on four continents and carried 1.
3 million passengers in the last fiscal year.