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May 08, 2013

Airfare: Indian Ocean Region 425% More Expensive than Europe

Regional prices of airline tickets are more than 425% higher than their counterparts in Europe, some tickets are even six times more expensive than European rates. And airfares for Indian Ocean region are more than double (in some cases three times) the rate of the Caribbean.

This was revealed Paul Moore Constellation Aviation Consulting Ltd, at the conference on air connectivity in Indianocéanie organized by the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC). It is based on a study by Constellation Aviation Consulting Ltd. on the prices of airline tickets by comparing routes in the region with similar distances used in Europe and the Caribbean.

It is, according to Paul Moore, necessary to verify that the total cost of the ticket is not a deterrent for international tourism and regional development. Because he says that passenger taxes account for about one third of the cost of air transport between the islands of the Indian Ocean, and in some cases it is almost half the cost. In addition, some islands impose additional taxes, increasing costs.

Pascal Viroleau, the island of La Reunion Tourism (IRT), argues that, according to a study by the IRT, the 'fair price' is one of the main expectations of travelers to consider combined stays in the ocean Indian. Travelers, according to the study, want more transparency in pricing. It therefore supports the possibility of tickets 'low tax' in the region.

Jocelyn Kwok, CEO of the Association of Hoteliers and Restaurateurs of Mauritius (AHRIM), for its part, says that with the constant rise in the price of the ticket to Mauritius, the margins for the industry for three years are reduced with constant pressure on hotel rates, especially since two thirds of tourists coming to Mauritius buy packages.

Jocelyn Kwok said strongly concerned about a 6% decrease in the number of airline seats on Maurice during the first quarter of 2013 while filling rate had increased from 71.5% to 76.3% while the hotel occupancy rate rose from 69% to 66%. This, in addition to a decrease in scheduled and charter flights up.

Some of the answers to the connectivity in the hub model. And the industry says Jocelyn Kwok, is awaiting a hub model that works. According to him, about the prospects for Mauritius, which has developed a model with non-stop flights, regional and international hubs are very promising.

 

 

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