24
Sep

If at first you don’t succeed… Air Mauritius is great example of trying again!

Over recent years Air Mauritius has been one of the better performing African airlines and this is clear in its ambitions to become a bigger player across the Continent, with hubs key to its development strategy. Last week, the archipelago welcomed senior officials from the aviation sector as in collaboration with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) it hosted an Aviation Day, showcasing what it has to offer.

Air Mauritius will be in the spotlight during the event and that is good for an emerging African aviation sector. In more than 50 years of existence, Air Mauritius has fully played its role as the national airline of Mauritius, providing air connectivity that has been crucial for the development of the island. It has overcome its own financial issues to now be an established driving force of the Mauritian economy, particularly that of its tourism sector. It is also a leading company of the island providing for around 3,000 Mauritian jobs.

The carrier returned to profitability in 2015/2016 after fluctuating between the black and the red over previous years. Profitability levels rose the following year (2016/2017) and although levels slipped in 2017/2018 it remained a credible result in spite of a tough operating environment. Now, with a modernised fleet that includes two new A350-900XWBs and orders for four more (two in 2019 and two in 2023), plus two A330-900neos due before the end of 2018, it is embarking on transforming Mauritius into a strategic hub.

It’s always a tough time in aviation even in the best years. Whether it is rising fuel prices, volatile exchange rates, competition, Air Mauritius believes a strategy based around its own hub at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport and those that it serves across its network will create the conditions for growth, improve competitiveness, manage costs and reinforce capabilities of the organisation.

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