FlySafair launches flight service to Mauritius in December


The low-cost company FlySafair is extending its service beyond South African borders and will soon launch its first international flights with service to Mauritius. The new direct route will be launched on December 11, 2021 and the bi-weekly service will be operated from OR Tambo International Airport every Tuesday and Saturday.

The move follows the announcement on September 10 by the Mauritian government to reopen the island to South African travelers.

“In just 7 years, we have managed to carve out a fairly important place for ourselves in the South African domestic market. Finally, going beyond local borders is an exciting step for us ”, said Elmar Conradie, CEO of FlySafair.

The airline was granted the rights to operate in Mauritius in December 2020, but the second and third waves of the Covid-19 pandemic halted launch plans. “Mauritius holds a special place in the hearts of South Africans, and we look forward to offering flights just in time for the December holiday season. “

Departure times, plane tickets

On Saturdays and Tuesdays, flight FA800 will depart from OR Tambo International Airport at 9:00 a.m. and arrive in Mauritius at 3:15 p.m. (local time). On the return trip, flight FA801 will depart from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport at 4:15 p.m. and land at 6.30 p.m. (SA time). The total duration of the flights will be approximately four hours and the flights will be direct non-stop.

FlySafair will operate its existing Boeing 737-800s on the route. “We’re excited to take the same affordable, hassle-free, one-time model that we use locally, and transfer it to an international route,” Conradie adds.

Airline tickets on the new route start from R 4,950 and will be available for sale on all booking platforms from today, September 28, 2021, the first flight to Mauritius departing December 11, 2021. Standard fares will include a 20kg checked baggage allowance. , and customers will have the opportunity to enhance their flight experiences with additional extras such as pre-selected seats, priority boarding and additional baggage.

The airline will also sell tickets in its new business class solution where the intermediate seats between aisle and window passengers are blocked for more comfort and privacy.

Boost for tourism

Before closing its borders in early 2020 to stop the spread of Covid-19, Mauritius counted South Africa among its top five tourist markets. According to Statistics Mauritius, more than 118,000 South Africans visited the island in 2019. Now, with travel restrictions eased in stages and the island once again accepting South African tourists, its once thriving tourism industry will receive a blow. inch much needed.

“The losses suffered by the airline industry have been considerable, but as the world continues to open up, it gives us hope that we will be able to rebuild,” said Conradie.

“Despite these challenges, the FlySafair team has remained resilient, innovative and strategic. Our conservative approach has served us well during the most difficult times of the lockdown, but it is our bullish nature that has helped us seize new opportunities for the airline and deliver new services to our customers. ”

FlySafair recently introduced a business class fare offer to its corporate passengers, launched a new route between Cape Town and Bloemfontein, created an app and added a package holiday offer.

“Mauritius has been one of the many new feathers in our cap for a year and a half,” explains Conradie. “We will continue to make the right investments at the right time for our staff and customers to ensure our long term sustainability as an airline in the South African market and beyond. “


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