Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport
|Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport
|Runway 14 at the SSR International Airport|
|IATA: MRU – ICAO: FIMP|
|Owner/Operator||Airports of Mauritius Co. Ltd.|
|Hub for||Air Mauritius|
|Elevation AMSL||57 m / 186 ft|
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (IATA: MRU, ICAO: FIMP), SSR Airport, 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, it was renamed in memory of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam. The airport is set to become a regional hub, it 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. Airport Terminal Operations Ltd (ATOL) is responsible for the design, building and operation of the new terminal building.
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In 1942, when Mauritius was a Crown colony, the government decided to build a small airport at Plaine Magnien near Mahébourg, it was used to import products from the United Kingdom and its colonies, as well as for exportation. 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.
The first flight to Rodrigues island was made on 10 September 1972, a Pilot of an Air Mauritius flight from Plaisance airport to the Plaine Corail Airport (now Sir Gaëtan Duval Airport) at Rodrigues, it was the ATR 25 and ATR 45 which then flight to this destination.
Later in 1986, infrastructural works were undertaken to accommodate larger aircraft. Thus, a new terminal was built including aerobridges 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 aerobridges.
A new passenger terminal was inaugurated on 12 March 2013, it was to be fully operational in May 2013. 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 and have a capacity of 4 million passengers. The terminal which cost US$300 million is in line with the “Maurice Ile Durable” concept, the environmental and ecological aspect was taken into consideration, some of them include the use of solar energy collected by photovoltaic cells, recovering of rain water and integrating nature to the heart of the building, the facades are thermo-insulated to reduce heat. It covers an area of 57,000 square meters and is equipped with facilities for at least five boarding gates, including a compatible host Airbus A380, check-in desks for departing passengers, immigration counters, carousels for receipt of baggage of passengers arriving and five bridges telescopic boarding and disembarking passengers.
Airlines and destinations
|Air Austral||Saint-Denis de la Réunion, Saint-Pierre de la Réunion|
|Air France||Paris-Charles de Gaulle|
|Air Mauritius||Antananarivo, Beijing-Capital, Bangalore, Cape Town, Chennai, Delhi, Durban, Hong Kong, Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Kuala Lumpur, London-Heathrow, Mahé, Mumbai, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Perth, Saint-Denis de la Réunion, Saint-Pierre de la Réunion, Shanghai-Pudong, Singapore|
|Air Seychelles operated by Etihad Airways||Mahé|
operated by Comair
|South African Airways||Johannesburg-OR Tambo|
|Thomson Airways||London-Gatwick (begins 4 May 2014)|
|Transaero Airlines||Seasonal: Moscow-Vnukovo (begins 25 December 2013)|
A map showing destinations served by the airport.
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (Afro-Eurasia)
- List of airports in Mauritius
- Visa policy of Mauritius
- Visa requirements for Mauritian citizens
- Tourism in Mauritius
- List of the busiest airports in Africa
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