GIS - 13 September, 2013: The new Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport terminal is fully operational since yesterday. The transfer of airport operations took place during the night of Wednesday 11 to Thursday 12 September. The delicate five-hour mission, which began at midnight involved the relocation of governmental agencies and other airport services to the new terminal.
At 6 am the first plane, Air Mauritius flight Mk 045, landed at the new terminal bridge to disembark some 275 passengers from Paris. During the evening, airlines and other airport service providers settled and took possession of their workstations with which they have familiarised themselves in recent months.
The first international departure flight MK 843 to Cape Town, took off at the announced time of 8.45 am with 92 passengers on board. On the evening of September 12, more than 1 000 departing passengers crossed each other during rush hour.
As regards the new parking area, more than 1 000 parking spaces are now available to accommodate passengers, taxis and other tour operators.
The new terminal covers a surface area of 57 000 square meters and can handle up to 4.5 million passengers annually, thus doubling the capacity of the international airport of Mauritius. In total, 52 check-in counters in the departure lounge, 36 posts of immigration on arrival and 12 health check points allow better fluidity and speed of handling passengers. The accompanying public has dedicated area, thus allowing them to stay in contact with passengers on departure and arrival.
The project has taken three years to complete with investment amounting to USD 305 million by the Government of Mauritius with the financial support of the China Exim Bank. The development, design, construction and operation of the new passenger terminal have been assigned to Airport Terminal Operations Limited, a Mauritian company, which emanates from a partnership between the State of Mauritius via Airports of Mauritius Co. Ltd and Aéroports de Paris Management, a subsidiary of Aéroports de Paris Group.
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