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Airport Mauritius (Mauritius) - Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam

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Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport

Aéroport international Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam
The old terminal
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorAirports of Mauritius Co. Ltd.
ServesPort Louis
LocationPlaine Magnien
Hub forAir Mauritius
Elevation AMSL57 m / 186 ft
Coordinates20°2548.10S 57°4058.88E / 20.4300278°S 57.6830222°E / -20.4300278; 57.6830222Coordinates: 20°2548.10S 57°4058.88E / 20.4300278°S 57.6830222°E / -20.4300278; 57.6830222
Direction Length Surface
m ft
14/32 3,370 11,056 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (IATA: MRU, ICAO: FIMP) is the main international airport in Mauritius. It is located 26 nautical miles (48 km) southeast of the capital city of Port Louis. The airport was previously known as the Plaisance Airport and has direct flights to several destinations in Africa, Asia, Europe and is home to the country's national airline Air Mauritius. Airports of Mauritius Co. Ltd (AML) is the owner and operator of the airport, the Government of Mauritius is the major shareholder of AML.


In 1942, when Mauritius was a Crown colony, the government decided to build a small airport at Plaine Magnien near Mahébourg. The airport was used to import products from the United Kingdom and its colonies, as well as for exports. The airport was used as a military base for the Royal Air Force during World War II. The operations of the civil airport started just after the Second World War which gave a boost to the Mauritian economy.[1]

The first flight to Rodrigues island was made on 10 September 1972, an Air Mauritius flight from Plaisance airport to the Plaine Corail Airport (now Sir Gaëtan Duval Airport) at Rodrigues using a Twin Otter (3B-NAB). Later the Twin Otters were replaced by ATR 42-300 and ATR 42-500 twin turboprops.[citation needed]

Later in 1986, infrastructure works were undertaken to accommodate larger aircraft. Thus, a new terminal was built including airbridges to meet the expected increase in traffic growth, and a car park attached to the new building and customs service for international routes. The new terminal consisted of two floors and could accommodate up to four aircraft simultaneously via airbridges.[citation needed]


A new passenger terminal was inaugurated on 30 August 2013, and became fully operational in September 2013.[2] The structure of the New Airport Terminal is designed after the "Traveller's palm", a tropical plant that grows on Mauritius. It is connected to the existing terminal (scheduled for refurbishment beginning in 2014) and has a capacity of 4 million passengers. Airport Terminal Operations Ltd (ATOL) is responsible for the design, building and operation of the new terminal building.[3]

The new terminal, which cost US$306 million, is in line with the "Maurice Ile Durable" concept. Environmental and ecological aspects taken into consideration include using solar energy collected by photovoltaic cells, recovering rain water, integrating nature to the heart of the building, and including thermo-insulated facades to reduce heat gain.[4] The terminal covers an area of 57,000 square meters and is equipped with five boarding gates with airbridges, including one compatible with the large Airbus A380, check-in desks for departing passengers, immigration counters, and baggage carousels.[5]

Airlines and destinations

Air Austral Saint-Denis de la Réunion, Saint-Pierre de la Réunion
Air France ParisCharles de Gaulle
Air Madagascar Antananarivo
Air Mauritius Antananarivo, Bengaluru, Cape Town, Chengdu, Chennai, Dar es Salaam, Delhi, Durban, Hong Kong, JohannesburgO. R. Tambo, Kuala LumpurInternational, LondonHeathrow, Mumbai, NairobiJomo Kenyatta, ParisCharles de Gaulle, Perth, Rodrigues, SaintDenis de la Réunion, Saint-Pierre de la Réunion, ShanghaiPudong, Singapore,
Seasonal: Amsterdam, Geneva
Air Seychelles Mahé
Alitalia Seasonal: RomeFiumicino [6]
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
British Airways JohannesburgO. R. Tambo, LondonGatwick
Condor Frankfurt
Corsair International ParisOrly
Edelweiss Air Zürich[7]
Emirates DubaiInternational
Eurowings Seasonal: Munich[8]
Seasonal charter: Düsseldorf[9]
Evelop Airlines Seasonal: Madrid
KLM Seasonal: Amsterdam
Kenya Airways NairobiJomo Kenyatta[10]
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal charter: Warsaw-Chopin
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt[11]
Mahan Air Seasonal charter: Tehran-Imam Khomeini[12]
Saudia Jeddah,[13] Riyadh[14]
South African AirwaysJohannesburgO. R. Tambo
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal charter: LondonGatwick, Manchester
TUI Airways LondonGatwick
Seasonal charter: Copenhagen,[15] Helsinki,[16] OsloGardermoen (begins 31 January 2019),[17] StockholmArlanda[18]
Turkish Airlines IstanbulAtatürk1 (ends 2 March 2019), Istanbul (begins 3 March 2019)[19]

See also


  1. ^ "History". Airports of Mauritius Co. Ltd. Archived from the original on 29 January 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  2. ^ "AÉROPORT SSR : Nouveau terminal, ouverture confirmée pour mars 2013" (in French). Le Mauricien. Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Corporate Profile". Airports of Mauritius Co. Ltd. Archived from the original on 29 January 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Aéroports de Paris subsidiaries to build and operate new Mauritius airport terminal". The Moodie Report. Archived from the original on 25 June 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  5. ^ "New airport terminal on time and on budget, says Prime Minister". Government of Mauritius. Archived from the original on 15 November 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  6. ^ "{title}". Archived from the original on 21 March 2018. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Timetable Mauritius". www.flyedelweiss.com. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  8. ^ 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Eurowings W18 long-haul changes as of 11APR18".
  9. ^ 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Eurowings adds long-haul charters in W18". Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Kenya Airways launches flights to Mauritius :: Kenya The Standard". Standardmedia.co.ke. 2018-02-06. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  11. ^ "Lufthansa Adds 3 Destinations from Dec 2015; Transfer Select A340 Fleet to CityLine :: Routesonline". Airlineroute.net. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
  12. ^ "Mahan Air appoints APG as GSA representative in France APG Network". Apg-ga.com. 2017-07-19. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  13. ^ "Saudia updates proposed Mauritius launch in Sep 2017". Routesonline. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  14. ^ "{title}". Archived from the original on 7 August 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Only Flight". tui.dk.
  16. ^ "Only Flight". tui.fi.
  17. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/282214/tui-nordic-adds-oslo-mauritius-flights-in-1q19/
  18. ^ "Only Flight". tui.se.
  19. ^ https://www.turkishairlines.com/en-int/flights/flight-timetable

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