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South African Airways
Established in 1967, Air Mauritius is the national airline of Mauritius and is based at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in the capital Port Louis. Air Mauritius is the leading scheduled carrier operating in the Indian Ocean, serving 23 destinations in a network covering Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia. The carrier is majority-owned by Air Mauritius Holdings Ltd, which in turn is owned wholly-owned by the Mauritian government.
Location of Air Mauritius main hub (Mauritius Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport)
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Air Mauritius has returned to profitability and is keen to pursue expansion in support of an ambitious hub strategy by its government shareholder. The airline turned an EUR18 million operating profit in the year ending Mar-2016 as passenger numbers grew by 9.4% - representing the fastest growth in five years.
Mauritius is geographically well positioned to attract sixth freedom traffic between Africa and Asia, a fast-growing market. However, competition is intensifying in the Africa-Asia market and in Mauritius, which could make it difficult for Air Mauritius to succeed at developing a new east-west hub while maintaining its new-found profitability.
This is the second part of an analysis report on Air Mauritius and the Mauritius market. The first report looked at Air Mauritius' expansion in Asia, and the need to bolster its network in continental Africa in order to secure more sixth freedom traffic between Asia and Africa. It also examined the impact of AirAsia X’s Oct-2016 launch of services to Mauritius. In this half of the report CAPA will look in more detail at the intensifying competition in the Mauritius market; how this may impact Air Mauritius’ new-found profitability and its ability to further develop an Africa-Asia hub.
Mauritius Pt 1: Africa-Asia hub develops with Air Mauritius 12th Asian destination, AirAsia X launch
Mauritius is pursuing an ambitious hub development strategy aimed at positioning the small Indian Ocean country for transit traffic in the fast-growing Africa-Asia market. The government is investing in expansion and fleet renewal at Air Mauritius while also promoting the hub to other airlines.
Following the 12-Jul-2016 launch of Guangzhou services Air Mauritius has overtaken Ethiopian as the African airline with the largest Asia Pacific network. Air Mauritius is keen to continue expanding its operation in Asia and in parallel to develop its now limited African regional network to support Mauritius’ hub aspirations.
AirAsia X plans to launch services to Mauritius in Oct-2016, becoming the only Asian airline in the Mauritius market. Competition has already intensified in the market with the launch of services from Turkish Airlines, and Emirates' starting to deploy its high density 615-seat A380. The intensifying competition could threaten Air Mauritius' newfound profitability but the airline is also eager to forge new partnerships.
Africa is a region of huge opportunity - as has been observed for decades - but even bigger challenges. Africa’s airlines continue to struggle and collectively remain in the red while airlines in every other region in today’s favourable environment are profitable.
Structural changes and a new mindset from African governments are desperately needed. Political interference and government meddling in airlines is a common problem, as well as protectionism and unnecessarily high taxation.
In this report CAPA looks at the continued struggles of South African Airways and the new business models being pursued by Air Mauritius and TAAG – both of which are keen to develop new transit hubs. Ethiopian’s rapid growth and remarkable success highlight the opportunities in Africa that can be exploited with the right strategy.
Air Austral is one the European Union's furthest flung airlines, although it ranks as the second largest airline in the Indian Ocean by seat capacity. Based in the French territory of La Réunion, it shares with many European airlines a recent history of loss-making and restructuring.
Under CEO Marie-Joseph Malé, a former Air France executive, Air Austral's restructuring programme is now making an impact. The past two years have seen an improvement in the company's indebtedness and now a return to profitability in FY2014. This followed substantial losses prompted by economic weakness in Europe hitting leisure demand for the Indian Ocean French territory and an over-ambitious expansion programme.
The turnaround represents a significant achievement, but Mr Malé will no doubt be anxious to ensure that he builds on this and that Air Austral can be sustainably profitable. His agenda includes expanding the airline's partnerships, making further cost reductions and finally resolving the problem of what to do about Air Austral's order for two all economy class A380s.
Air Mauritius is well on the road to recovery, a year into a five-year plan that aims to implement a new business model that restructures its operations to become less dependent on traditional, but flagging, European markets and instead turn the airline’s focus to the growth markets around the Indian Ocean Rim and Asia.
A seven step recovery plan launched in Feb-2012 as profits crumbled into losses saw Air Mauritius undertake a major network consolidation which involved withdrawing its services to Germany, Italy and Switzerland as well as service reductions to China, Australia and Africa. But, with its network brought back into balance, and profitability restored, Air Mauritius has resumed a growth path with plans to launch a direct service to Beijing and reinstating some suspended routes and capacity in key markets.
Hardest hit from the European economic situation, aside from the carriers that have collapsed, are far away from continental Europe in the Indian Ocean, which contains the self-proclaimed Vanilla Islands grouping of countries: La Reunion, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles. These nations' carriers are largely dependent on European leisure traffic, which has evaporated in the dual threat of weakening economies and high fuel prices that provide no stimulation to whatever demand is left.
The starkness of the situation has been demonstrated most recently by Air Austral, which over the northern winter will reduce its long-haul network to a single destination and will postpone – or possibly cancel – its order for two Airbus A380s, following it being unable to pay for a new Boeing 777 awaiting delivery. Air Austral is also looking to partner with Air Mauritius to maintain a connection to Australia, a further sign that the situation in Europe is forcing the Vanilla Island carriers to make medium/long-term strategy changes that will finally strengthen them. Etihad Airways earlier this year acquired a stake in Air Seychelles and is now lending management oversight to the Seychelles flag carrier while the region's other carriers have conducted overdue network reviews.