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Mauritius and the Netherlands Sign a Bilateral Air Services Agreement and a MoU

Date: May 29, 2014
Domain:International Relations; Tourism
Persona: Citizen; Government

GIS - 29 May, 2014: Mauritius has signed yesterday a Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kingdom of The Netherlands at the Treasury Building in Port Louis. The signatories were Ambassador Jaap Frederiks from the Netherlands side and Mr S. C Seeballuck, Secretary to Cabinet and Head of Civil Service, from the Mauritian side.

Were also present during the signature ceremony: Mr Joseph Dalais, Honorary Consul General of Netherlands; Mr R.C Payen, Honorary Vice Consul of Netherlands; Mr T. Appadu, Permanent Secretary of the External Communications Division of the Prime Minister’s Office; and Mr B. K Rudhee, Minister Counsellor from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade.

In his speech, Ambassador Frederiks pointed out that the agreements will help Air Mauritius to develop its services in Europe and the tourist industry to expand in the Netherlands. He also recalled that transport services play an important role in the history of the Netherlands, while adding that this sector is one of their principal domains of expertise. Ambassador Frederiks also highlighted that these agreements will help to further strengthen ties between the two countries.

Mr S. C Seeballuck, Secretary to Cabinet and Head of Civil Service, recalled that the services agreement between the two countries were signed in November 1973 at a time when Air Mauritius had just started operating as an airline company. He said that the history of Mauritius is linked to the discovery of the island by Dutch sailors and that Mauritius was named after Prince Mauritz Van Nassau.

Speaking about the Air Services agreement, Mr Seeballuck expressed confidence that it will help bring the two countries closer and will help to establish links which will boost the movement of people and goods.

Agreements with the Netherlands

Air Services between Mauritius and the Netherlands are governed within the framework of a MoU and a BASA signed in July 1972 and November 1973 respectively. Following a round of air services talks with the Aeronautical Authorities of the Netherlands in October 2009, a new MoU was signed and a new text of Air Services Agreement was adopted.

The BASA provides, amongst others, for a single designation of airlines by each Contracting Party; seven weekly frequencies with passengers/combination aircraft and seven weekly frequencies with all cargo aircraft; and fifth freedom traffic rights for passengers and combination aircraft and cargo operation.

With the new agreements adopted in 2009 and ratified yesterday, Air Mauritius takes advantage of its code-sharing arrangement with Air France to market seats on the latter’s flights to points in the Netherlands.  

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