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Air Mauritius launches direct flight to Beijing


08:15, July 08, 2013

BEIJING, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Air Mauritius launched a direct flight route to Beijing on Sunday, aiming to further promote business and travel ties between China and Mauritius.

Andre Viljoen, CEO of Air Mauritius, said the direct flight will open a new channel for promoting bilateral ties and help Mauritius better share in the economic opportunities provided by China's rapid development.

Operated by an Airbus 340, the weekly flight, Flight MK686, will depart from Mauritius at 1:40 p.m. (local time) every Saturday and arrive in Beijing at 5:45 a.m. (Beijing time) on Sunday. The return flight, Flight MK687, will depart from Beijing at 12:45 a.m. (Beijing time) on Monday and arrive in Mauritius at 08:45 a.m. (local time) the same day.

It is the company's third non-stop flight route to China after the Mauritius-Shanghai and Mauritius-Hong Kong routes, according to Air Mauritius.

Air Mauritius launched the first flight to Shanghai in 2011 and the number of Chinese travellers to Mauritius reached over 20,000 in 2012, said the company.

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