Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport

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Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport
Plaisance Airport
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Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Airports of Mauritius Co. Ltd.
Location Plaine Magnien
Hub for Air Mauritius
Elevation AMSL 57 m / 186 ft
Coordinates 20°25′48.10″S 57°40′58.88″E / 20.4300278°S 57.6830222°E / -20.4300278; 57.6830222Coordinates: 20°25′48.10″S 57°40′58.88″E / 20.4300278°S 57.6830222°E / -20.4300278; 57.6830222
Location in Mauritius
Location in Mauritius
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport
Direction Length Surface
m ft
14/32 3,370 11,056 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 2,690,869[1]

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (IATA: MRUICAO: 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, set to become a regional hub, 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.[2]


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.[3]

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. ATR 42-300 and ATR 42-500 twin turboprops were used at this time.

Later in 1986, infrastructure 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 30 August 2013, and became fully operational in September 2013.[4] 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.

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.[5] The terminal covers an area of 57,000 square meters and is equipped with five boarding gates with aerobridges, including one compatible with the large Airbus A380, check-in desks for departing passengers, immigration counters, and baggage carousels.[6]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Austral Saint-Denis de la Réunion, Saint-Pierre de la Réunion
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air Madagascar Antananarivo
Air Mauritius Antananarivo, Bangalore, Beijing-Capital, Cape Town, Chengdu (begins 6 July 2015),[7] Chennai, Delhi, Durban, Hong Kong, Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Kuala Lumpur, London-Heathrow, Mumbai, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Perth, Rodrigues, Saint-Denis de la Réunion, Shanghai-Pudong, Singapore
Seasonal: Chengdu [8]
Air Seychelles Mahé
Austrian Airlines Vienna (resumes 29 October 2015)[9]
British Airways London-Gatwick
China Southern Airlines Shenzhen[10]
Comair Johannesburg-OR Tambo
Condor Frankfurt
Seasonal: Munich
Corsair International Paris-Orly
Emirates Dubai-International
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt (begins 10 December 2015)[11]
Meridiana Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino
South African Airways Johannesburg-OR Tambo
Thomson Airways Charter: London-Gatwick
Transaero Seasonal: Moscow-Vnukovo
TUIfly Nordic operated by Thomson Airways Seasonal Charter: Helsinki, Stockholm-Arlanda

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Total passenger Traffic". Airports of Mauritius Co Ltd. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Corporate Profile". Airports of Mauritius Co. Ltd. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "History". Airports of Mauritius Co. Ltd. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "AÉROPORT SSR : Nouveau terminal, ouverture confirmée pour mars 2013" (in French). Le Mauricien. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Aéroports de Paris subsidiaries to build and operate new Mauritius airport terminal". The Moodie Report. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "New airport terminal on time and on budget, says Prime Minister". Government of Mauritius. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Air Mauritius begin new service to Chengdu from July 2015
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Austrian Resumes Mauritius Service from late-Oct 2015". Airline Route. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "China Southern to Start Shenzhen - Mauritius Service from late-June 2014". Airline Route. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
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