Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport

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Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport

Aéroport international Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam
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The old terminal
Summary
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorAirports of Mauritius Co. Ltd.
ServesPort Louis
LocationPlaine Magnien
Hub forAir Mauritius
Elevation AMSL57 m / 186 ft
Coordinates20°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
Websitemauritius-airport.atol.aero
Map
Location in Mauritius
Location in Mauritius
MRU
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
14/32 3,370 11,056 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers3,728,970

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.

History[edit]

As a part of the defense of Mauritius, in 1942, when Mauritius was a Crown colony, the government started construction of a Royal Naval Air Station at Plaisance near Mahébourg. This was subsequently handed over to the Royal Air Force at the end of World War II and civilian operations started shortly afterwards. The operations of the civil airport started just after the Second World War which gave a boost to the Mauritian economy.[1]

The 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]

Facilities[edit]

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 (refurbishment began 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[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Air Austral Saint-Denis de la Réunion, Saint-Pierre de la Réunion
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Madagascar Antananarivo
Air Mauritius Antananarivo, Bengaluru, Cape Town, Chennai, Dar es Salaam, Delhi, Durban, Hong Kong, Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo, Kuala Lumpur–International, London–Heathrow, Mahé, Mumbai, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Perth, Rodrigues, Saint-Denis de la Réunion, Saint-Pierre de la Réunion, Shanghai–Pudong, Singapore
Seasonal: Amsterdam (ends 26 October 2019),[6] Geneva
Air Seychelles Mahé
Alitalia Seasonal: Rome–Fiumicino[7]
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
British Airways Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo, London–Gatwick
Condor Frankfurt
Seasonal: Munich[8]
Corsair International Paris–Orly
Edelweiss Air Zürich[9]
Emirates Dubai–International
Eurowings Seasonal: Frankfurt (begins 25 October 2019)[10]
Evelop Airlines Seasonal: Madrid
Kenya Airways Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta[11]
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal charter: Warsaw-Chopin
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt (ends 25 October 2019)[12]
Mahan Air Seasonal charter: Tehran-Imam Khomeini[13]
Saudia Jeddah,[14] Riyadh[15]
South African AirwaysJohannesburg–O. R. Tambo
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal charter: London–Gatwick, Manchester
TUI Airways London–Gatwick
Seasonal charter: Copenhagen,[16] Helsinki,[17] Oslo–Gardermoen,[18] Stockholm–Arlanda[19]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul1
Notes

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

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