Mauritius Airport (MRU) has the official name of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport. It is also known as SSR Airport. It is 48 Km southeast of the capital city of Port Louis. Mauritius Airport was previously called Plaisance Airport. It was renamed after Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam in 1987, when the new terminal was built. He was a leader in the Mauritian independence movement, and served as the first Chief Minister and Prime Minister of Mauritius, as well as its sixth Governor General. Plaisance Airport was founded for military purposes by Britain’s Royal Air Force in 1941 in the south east of the island. A new terminal was built in the late sixties and the airport grew with the national airline Air Mauritius which was launched in 1967 with the boom in tourism to Mauritius. The ground floor is now for arrivals, while the first floor is for departures.
Mauritius Airport is restricted to passengers only, meaning that non-passengers are not permitted to enter the building. As such, there are no landside shops or restaurants. A central information desk is located in the Arrivals Hall, while a tourist information desk is available at the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority desk. Wi-Fi is only available in the VIP lounges.
Airports of Mauritius Co. Ltd (AML) is the owner and operator of the airport, the Government of Mauritius is the major shareholder of AML. It handles 2.1 million passengers, 20,000 aircraft movements and over 40,000 tons of cargo each year. It has one runway which handles around 60 aircraft movements per day with flights from 14 airlines including Air Mauritius, Air France, British Airways and Emirates.
Buses leave from the bus terminal across from the car park every 30 minutes. A trip to Port Louis will take one hour and cost Rs 21 (less than £0.50). Taxis are available just outside the terminal building. Journey time to Port Louis is 45 minutes and fare is approximately Rs 700 (about £15).
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