Thursday, January 31, 2013

► MAURITIUS: Air France unwilling to commit to Air Mauritius citing "lack of means".

Air France logoAir MauritiusFollowing speculation in the French aviation press, Air France (AF) has shot down any chance of closer strategic and financial ties with Mauritian carrier, Air Mauritius. The possibility of a tie up was discussed with French President François Hollande during the visit of Prime Minister of Mauritius, Navin Ramgoolam, to the Elysee Palace on January 21.

Air Mauritius/Air France in Port Louis, Mauritius
Air Mauritius/Air France in Port Louis (nostalgiereunion)

In an interview with French tourism paper Pros-du-Tourisme, the President and CEO of Air France, Alexandre de Juniac, brushed aside the notion stating:
"This warrants the same answer as we gave Alitalia; we do not have the means," he said.
Source [ProsDuTourisme]

Air France at present owns a direct 2.78% stake in the national airline of Mauritius.