Air Belgium Starts Service to Mauritius

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Air Belgium started its service to Mauritius 16 October 2021. The first flight landed at SSRIA on Saturday 17 October and was welcomed with the traditional Water Salute by the Airport Firefighters. View Water Salute

The airline will operate two weekly flights between Brussels Airport and SSRIA, arriving in Mauritius on Wednesdays and Saturdays, using a new Airbus A330 Neo type aircraft.

This new service hence provides a direct connection for passengers wishing to travel without hassle, between Mauritius and Brussels Airport.

SSRIA is much pleased to Welcome Air Belgium and its Passengers and looks forward to a sustained passenger traffic growth on this particular route. 

 

SSRIA, Indian Ocean's Leading Airport for Third Consecutive Year

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SSR International Airport was designated Indian Ocean's Leading Airport 2021 for the third year in a row by the World Travel Awards. Indeed, since 2019 SSRIA has been topping the ranks in the region. This latest achievement highlights the relentless efforts of AML and ATOL Teams towards delivering the best possible services and providing the means for an enhanced passenger travel experience.

In his special message to the staff, the Officer-in-Charge of AML, Mr Siven Chellen congratulated all the staff for their hard work and perseverance. He also called upon them to remain focused and determined in the decisive months ahead.

Since the reopening of borders on 01 October 2021, AML and ATOL teams have been gearing up for the resumption of service by additional airlines, as well as for an increase in flight frequencies. Already, for the first 15 days of October 2021 some 40,000 passengers travelled through SSRIA. 

As airline frequencies and passenger numbers continue to pick up, there is much optimism that the aviation and air travel sector are on the right track towards recovery. 

New Digitised All-in-One Form Now available to Passengers

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Incoming passengers to Mauritius now have the option of pre-filling Health Clearance forms in view of speeding up the processing upon the arrival at the SSR International Airport. 

The forms which are available here, can be filled at leisure prior to departure. Once completed, a pdf version of the form will be emailed to the passenger for printing and signature. These documents will have to be submitted in hard copy to Health Authorities at the airport upon arrival.

A dedicated and very user-friendly mobile application is also available to assist and guide passengers who are travelling to Mauritius.  

These new facilities are expected to enhance the Passengers Travel Experience. 

AML Aviation Training Centre Offers New Courses

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The AML Aviation Training Centre which is a ICAO TrainAir Plus Certified is proposing new professional courses. For more information on these great opportunities, please contact the Training Centre: 

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𝗦𝗦𝗥𝗜𝗔 𝗪𝗲𝗹𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝟮𝟬𝟬𝟬 𝗣𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝗙𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗗𝗮𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗥𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗳 𝗕𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀

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This first day following the reopening of borders unfolds on a positive note. By noon today, more than 1100 passengers arriving from Dubai, Paris and London have landed at SSRIA. Some four additional flights are expected by this evening from nearby Reunion Island, Nairobi and Johannesburg, bringing the total number of passenger for the day to more than 2000.

Emirates Flight EK701 was the first to land at 09H08 with the impressive A380, followed shortly afterwards by MK015 from Paris. Passengers were swiftly channelled to the Arrivals Hall for the border and health controls.

The exterior of the Tour Operators Hall was particularly lively with Sega Welcome for the passengers. Passengers and airport personnel alike had a big smile on their faces for this first day.

Tomorrow, 02 October 2021 Eurowings will resume its flights between Frankfurt and Mauritius. Other companies such as Edelweiss, Saudia and Condor are also in the starting blocks.  

We therefore look forward to a successful resumption and to a gradual increase in the passenger traffic in the coming days.

Johnson & Johnson Vaccines Reach Mauritius, as Vaccination Campaign Fares Well

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On Saturday 07 August 2021, a consignment of 108,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccines arrived in Mauritius. This is the latest result of a cooperation programme of the African Union, which aims at facilitating access to the vaccines for African countries.

The Minister of Health and Wellness, Hon. Dr Kailesh Jagutpal recently announced that the national vaccination campaign was progressing faster than planned. Indeed, more than 720,000 Mauritians, representing some 60% of the population had already received a first dose of vaccine, as at 09 August 2021.

As from 07 August 2021, Government has opened vaccination to all Mauritians aged above 18 years. Centres are located around the island and operational six days a week in order to facilitate access. Mauritius is boosting its efforts towards vaccinating the majority of the population before the next phase of opening of borders scheduled beginning of October 2021.    

A380 Returns in Mauritian Skies as Traffic picks up

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The A380 of Emirates Airline is back in Mauritius! After several months of interruption in service, the impressive aircraft flying as EK701 and bringing in some 200 passengers, landed shortly after 09H00 on 05 August 2021. This is indeed a positive sign of the picking up in traffic, after the gradual reopening of borders.

Emirates will be operating two weekly flights on the A380 , flying in on Thursdays and Saturdays and leaving on Fridays and Sundays.

SSRIA Welcomes First Flights as Phased Border Reopening Takes Place

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Emirates flight EK 701 was the first to land at SSRIA at about 08H50 this morning, with some 190 passengers on board. The Boeing 777 received the traditional Water Salute from ARFFS to mark the first passenger flight since the reopening was effective.

At 09H45, Air Mauritius flight MK 110 with some 116 passengers departed for Mumbai and is expected back today late evening.

The first commercial passenger flight operated by Air Mauritius, MK 015 from Paris CDG, landed at SSRIA at 12H10 with 295. ARFFS personnel marked this special flight of the Mauritian airline with the traditional Water Salute.

 To ensure the safety of all, special attention was given to the sanitary protocols throughout the processing of passengers.

 In all, some 700 incoming passengers are expected in Mauritius for today 15 July 2021. This is indeed an encouraging first day, which sets the local air travel industry on the path of recovery. All stakeholders are hoping for the Best and will continue to work together towards making it Happen…

Above 60 Pints collected on First Day of Blood Collection Activity

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More than 60 pints of blood was collected on Thursday 08 July 2021, the first day of the special blood donation activity organised by AML and ATOL. Many more potential donors turned up but were unfortunately not eligible to donate blood as a result of their vaccination status. Actually, it is recommended that people having undergone vaccination should wait for at least 25 days before donating blood.

The Blood Donation will continue tomorrow, Friday 09 July from 08h30 to 14h00.

AML and ATOL organised this blood donation in response to the serious lack of supplies at the National Blood Bank. A situation which results mainly from pandemic which hindered the usual blood collection activities throughout the country.

The organisers look forward to welcoming a greater number of donors tomorrow for the second and last day of the blood donation activity. 

Mauritius well set to achieve 'Herd Immunity'

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Mauritius received a new consignment of 500,000 Sinopharm Vaccines on 04 July 2021. This new lot of vaccines will allow the Authorities to administer jabs to many more Mauritians and is a firm step towards achieving the 'herd immunity' of 60% vaccinated population.

Presently, Government is putting in additional resources to facilitate the vaccination of several groups of the population. Following frontliners and health workers, the focus has shifted to educators and students to allow schools and educations institutions to resume.

As the vaccination campaign is progressing, the country is also preparing for the opening up of borders on 15 July 2021. At the level of the Airport and local Air Industry final preparations are underway to allow the smooth resumption of operations, while ensuring the safety of passengers and personnel.