Mauritius: Air Mauritius operates first flight to Chengdu, China

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Air Mauritius’ first flight to Chengdu in China, departed Monday afternoon from the island, making this destination the fourth in China after Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing, PANA learnt from official sources here.

In a communiqué, Air Mauritius said it started operations to China with a first flight to Shanghai on 4 July 2011 as part of its plan to rebalance its network and fuel growth towards emerging markets.  

“This pioneering initiative stimulated demand substantially from the Chinese market and led the company to increase its frequency to mainland China with three direct weekly flights to Shanghai and two flights to Beijing in 2015”, it said.

This year, Air Mauritius is diversifying and hence strengthening its operations to China by adding Chengdu as a destination.

The total number of seats on direct flights to mainland China will now reach 132,000 for the financial year 2015/16.

Consequently, Air Mauritius now provides nine flight options to China per week: two direct flights to Shanghai, one direct flight to Beijing, one direct flight to Chengdu, two direct flights to Hong Kong, and three flights to China via Kuala Lumpur.

Air Mauritius CEO Andre Viljoen stated that Air Mauritius has been investing massively in China over the past four years and in line with the island’s strategy to diversify its tourists markets.

“Tourist arrivals from China have consistently reached double-digit growth figures since the start of operations in 2011. China has now become a leading market for Air Mauritius and the start of operations to Chengdu broadens the scope for further growth," he emphasized.
-0- PANA NA/VAO 6July2015

06 july 2015 15:52:01




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