Maldives and Mauritius sign bilateral air access agreement
Maldives Promotion House – Maldives has signed a bilateral air services agreement with Mauritius on Monday in Port Louis for the operation of direct air links to improve connectivity between the two countries.
The agreement was signed by Acting Minister for Transport and Communication, Mohamed Nazim on behalf of Maldivian goverment and Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Xavier Luc Duval on behalf of Mauritius government.
The agreement will allow for the introduction of seven flights per week and was made possible following Duval’s official visit to the Maldives in January.
The agreement provides for a multiple designation of airline from both sides and for the time being Air Mauritius in collaboration with the Mega Global Air Services (Maldives PVT Ltd.) and the Island Aviation Services Ltd. (Maldivian Airlines) of Maldives have been designated to operate direct flights between Beijing and Mauritius, as well as providing direct air links to the Maldives. Seven flights are expected weekly and will be operational before the month of July this year.
“This is a historical agreement which is bringing us closer to a sister island. I hope this is the first step in a collaboration between the two islands in the fields of environmental and marine management as well as island development,” said Duval.
Nazim declared: “This bilateral air services agreement is very important as it strengthens the bilateral ties between our two countries, increases our connectivity and opens the door for commercial cooperation as well.”
The agreement will make Maldives only four hours’ flight time away and will open avenues for collaboration in the Tourism sector, on which the Maldivian economy is highly dependent; representing 27 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) opposed to 8 per cent of Mauritius’ GDP.