(eTN) – Shanghai is the latest destination for Air Mauritius after the destination was launched earlier in the week. For the time being, there is a once a week flight to Shanghai via Kuala Lumpur before going nonstop by early 2012. The inaugural flight left SSR International Airport (Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam) with over 200 passengers and an official delegation on board of an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which offers 275 seats in a two-class configuration.
It was reported that both the Mauritius President, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, as well as the Mauritius Tourism Minister, the Hon. Nando Bodha, were on the flight on an official visit to China to discuss bilateral cooperation. They were accompanied by private-sector stakeholders, in particular from the tourism industry, to also launch a tourism promotion to bring more Chinese visitors to the island in the coming months.
The head of the Air Mauritius delegation, Mr. Andre Viljoen, then officially opened the airline’s new offices in Shanghai, expressing hopes that the flight will grow in popularity and that the promotion of tourism and trade between the two countries would be to the mutual benefit of both nations.