The flag carrier of Mauritius, Air Mauritius, is cutting several routes and plans to focus on fewer markets with more frequencies after a record loss was reported for the last financial quarter.
As part of the airline’s cost-saving plan, Air Mauritius will discontinue its direct route to Durban, South Africa. Air Mauritius, one of only three to fly internationally out of Durban’s King Shaka International Airport, will stop flights on the route in October 2012. The remaining two international airlines flying in and out King Shaka are LAM – Mozambique Airlines, which is offering direct flights to Maputo, and Emirates, offering direct flights to Dubai.
To meet the demand during the peak-season, Air Mauritius considers to add a second daily flight from Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport to its schedule. No good news for Durban and its new King Shaka International Airport.