Botswana and Mauritius have concluded negotiations on a bilateral air services agreement that will pave the way for the commencement of direct air services between the two states.
The negotiations held on Monday, May 16, 2011 in Port Louis, Mauritius were concluded with the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
Air Botswana and Air Mauritius have been designated under the MoU to operate the air services between the two states.
According to a statement from the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana the agreement presents another opportunity to increase the connectivity of Botswana to Asia and Australia by air from Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (SSKIA) in Gaborone through Mauritius’ Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (SSR) International Airport at Plaisance and thereby reduce dependence on ORT international airport in Johannesburg through which most of the traffic to Botswana is currently routed.
Ministry of Transport and Communications, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Lieutenant Colonel Moakohi Modisanyane led the Botswana delegation comprising of Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana (CAAB), the Attorney General’s Chambers, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Botswana Tourism Organisation and Air Botswana while the Republic of Mauritius was led by Mr. S.C. Seeballuck, Secretary to Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service.
The MoU with Mauritius is the fifth agreement on international air services that Botswana has concluded over the past year.
It brings the total number of countries with which Botswana has air services arrangements to 19.
The Countries are Angola, Belgium, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, The Netherlands, Mauritius, Pakistan, Qata, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, The United Kingdom, Zambia and Zimbabwe.