Indian ocean carrier Air Mauritius has gone into administration as the result of the global shutdown of international flights and the closing of national borders due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline was originally established in 1967 and was based at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in the capital Port Louis. The airline served a network covering Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia before the virus brought international travel to a virtual standstill.
The airline’s administrators, Grant Thornton, called the aviation shutdown “the worst crisis ever since World War II” and said Air Mauritius joins other airlines like Virgin Australia which filed for administration and South African Airways, which is expected to be replaced by a state-owned carrier, according to a report from Reuters.
Air Mauritius has already been in a restructuring process since the beginning of the year, notably with the setting up of a Transformation Steering Committee with a view to addressing the financial difficulties of the Company, and to reviewing its business model from the strategic and operational points of view.
“As administrators, our mission is above all to save the company. We know that the national airline is a key player in our economy and that it is part and parcel of our history,” Grant Thornton said in a statement. “Air Mauritius is, in addition, a source of pride for the people of Mauritius, and there is no doubt that we are all affected by this news. In such difficult times, it is essential that we get down to work without delay, along with all the partners of this industry in Mauritius, to implement the measures deemed necessary to save the national airline.”