GIS - 17 December, 2013: Air Mauritius and Emirates Airline signed yesterday a ten year extension to their existing codeshare agreement. The deal was signed by the Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates Airline, Mr Thiery Antinori, and the Chief Executive Officer, Air Mauritius, Mr Andre Viljoen, at a special ceremony held at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in the context of the arrival of Emirates first daily A380 service to Mauritius. The signature was done in the presence of the Minister of Tourism and Leisure, Mr Michael Sik Yuen.
The new enhanced commercial cooperation agreement expands cooperation for points beyond Dubai, including China, Egypt, Italy, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka. It also includes additional cooperation on frequent flier programmes and interline opportunities. Emirates passengers will also benefit from the connections Air Mauritius can offer to onwards destinations from Mauritius such as Madagascar, La Reunion and other Vanilla island destinations.
Furthermore, a renewed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Emirates Airline and the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA). The deal ensures that Emirates and the MTPA will continue to work closely together to promote inbound tourism from key markets. The MOU was signed by Mr Orhan Abbas, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations (Latin America, Central and Southern Africa) and Mr Karl Mootoosamy, Director of the MTPA.
The signature of enhanced cooperation agreements between Air Mauritius and the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority and Emirates is a new window of opportunities for Mauritius and will enable the country to roll out a new growth scenario and marketing strategies for targeting the Middle East region and other countries of its network, the Minister of Tourism and Leisure, Mr Michael Sik Yuen said.
The Minister added that ‘world class operators such as Emirates are important for a destination like Mauritius. Our tourism industry is a strong one and we need to create awareness around its attractions’.
For his part, the CEO of Air Mauritius, Mr Andre Viljoen stressed that the enhanced commercial cooperation agreement with Emirates Airline reinforces the new network strategy, put in place by Air Mauritius. Dubai has now become an important hub for us and the enhanced commercial cooperation with Emirates extending beyond Dubai allows Air Mauritius to cover even more destinations, he added.
The Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Emirates Airline, Mr Thierry Antinori said that, ‘the renewed partnership with both Air Mauritius and the MTPA is testament to the strength of our relationship with the leadership in both organizations, as well as the strong demand we see from our passengers worldwide to visit Mauritius’.
Mauritius is the 24th destination to which Emirates operates the A380 aircraft.
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