The airline is moving its flights to Mauritius from Heathrow to Gatwick and is also extending the departure times from the tropical island to give holidaymakers longer in the sun!
The airline wants to boost the number of premium leisure routes from Gatwick and has been adding services from the hub – operating out of a recently extended terminal which is designed to speed the through-flow of passengers, with self-service check-ins, seat choices and self-printing luggage tags.
Commenting on the Mauritius move, BA director for Gatwick Silla Maizey said that the carrier wanted to make the airport known to its passengers as the departure point for “great high-end holiday destinations”, adding: “Moving the Mauritius flight here helps us to strengthen this position as it will now sit alongside destinations such as the Maldives and the Caribbean.”
Britons booking flights to their Mauritius holidays with the airline will also get longer in the tropical paradise, since BA’s return flights will depart 12 hours later in the 2011-12 winter season.
With cheap holidays in the Caribbean recently voted one of the favourite destinations for Britons seeking a winter getaway, Mauritius is also becoming an increasingly popular destination among UK sun-seekers, thanks to some excellent package deals. BA itself offers a large range of hotels on the island, such as the three-star Emeraude Beach Hotel, which is a small hotel famous for its friendly atmosphere.
Among the best spa hotels on the island is the luxury Le Touessrok, which extends across a small archipelago of tiny islands, while the five-star Long Beach is perfect for anyone seeking a posh activity holiday, with its three swimming pools and flood-lit tennis courts.
Lovers and honeymooners can relax at the One and Only Le Saint Geran resort, which lies in 60 acres of tropical gardens on the Belle Mare peninsula.