Seen cutting the ribbon to officially open Saudi Arabian Airlines’ new link between Jeddah and Mauritius are Mohammed Iqbal Latuna, Mauritian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Nasser Al Jasser, DG of Saudi Arabian Airlines. The carrier will operate the 5,090-kilometre route three times weekly on its 787-9s.
- Saudi Arabian Airlines commenced flights between Jeddah (JED) and Mauritius (MRU) on 14 September. The 5,090-kilometre link will be flown by the SkyTeam member three times weekly on its fleet of 787-9s, with no other carrier operating direct competition. “We hope that business between Mauritius and Saudi Arabia will grow and be sustainable. This will obviously improve trade and tourism between the two countries,” said Nasser Al Jasser, DG of Saudi Arabian Airlines. Jeddah becomes the second destination in the Middle East served non-stop from Mauritius, with the other being Dubai, a route which Emirates operates twice-daily on its A380s. According to OAG Traffic Analyser data around 9,000 passengers travelled indirectly between Mauritius and Saudi Arabia in 2016, with 70% of traffic on the country pairing choosing Emirates’ service via Dubai as their preferred routing between the two nations. See how Mauritius Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.