Dubai’s flagship airline Emirates on Monday announced delays and cancellations of flights to and from Mauritius due to Tropical Cyclone Belal.
The airline announced that its flight EK 703 from Dubai to Mauritius, which was scheduled to depart on January 15, was delayed by 27 hours and will now depart on January 16 at 1:30 p.m. UAE time and arrive in Mauritius at 8:00 p.m. local time.
In addition, its flight EK 704 from Mauritius to Dubai scheduled for January 15 is also delayed by 21 hours. It is now scheduled to depart Mauritius on January 16 at 8 pm local time and arrive in Dubai on January 17 at 2.35 am UAE time.
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The world’s largest international airline based in Dubai canceled flight EK 701 from Dubai to Mauritius on January 16 and flight EK 702 from Mauritius to Dubai on January 16.
It said customers with connections after the canceled flight EK701 to Mauritius on January 16 will not be accepted for travel at their point of origin.
Tropical Cyclone Belal hit the French island of Réunion on Monday afternoon UAE time and is expected to affect nearby Mauritius, which is almost 220 kilometers northeast of the island. Mauritius was also on high alert as a cyclone crossed the southwestern Indian Ocean. It is expected to affect the southern part of the island late Monday or early Tuesday.
Emirates airline said it is closely monitoring the situation and aims to give customers as much notice as possible if there are any further changes.
“Affected customers who have booked with travel agents should contact them to arrange alternative travel. Customers who have booked directly with Emirates can contact their local office for rebooking options,” she said.
On 18 December 2023, Emirates celebrated the 10th anniversary of its daily A380 service to Mauritius. In 2013, the island was the first A380 destination in Africa.
Over 10 years, Emirates operated almost 12,000 flights to and from the exotic island, carrying more than 5 million passengers on the world’s largest commercial aircraft.
Top destinations and secondary markets for inbound and outbound travel relevant to Mauritius for Emirates include points in France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Austria, Italy and Middle Eastern countries.
Previously, Air Mauritius also announced the closure of Roland Garros airport in Saint-Denis de La Réunion due to the cyclone and the cancellation of all its flights to and from Réunion until further notice.
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