Following the previous reports warning against a tropical cyclone that forced Mauritius to close its airport for 24 hours, the destination was able to reopen the international airport again yesterday.  

On Tuesday the 21st of February, Mauritius announced the good news that it was able to reopen the international airport for travellers again following the tropical cyclone warning that forced it to shut down. The SSR international airport was closed during the cyclone period and all inbound flights were cancelled for the duration of 24 hours from 7:10 am local time on Monday the 20th of February. This came as a result of a major cyclone alert that was issued for Mauritius, an alert that has now moved on with the movement of the cyclone.  

The threat caused by Cyclone Freddy was removed by both Mauritius and The Foreign Office on Tuesday. In its place, the Foreign Travel Advice page was updated with new advice that read, “Following the lifting of cyclone warnings, SSR international airport will reopen at 0800hrs on 21 February. Passengers should contact their airline for further information.” 

The Mauritius international airport also released a report to confirm that the flights would resume on the 21st of February, it continued, “However, intending passengers are strongly advised to contact their respective airlines for further information on the status of their flights and not to proceed to the airport unless receiving confirmation of the revised departure time. 

  “In order to ensure a smooth resumption, access to the check-in hall of the Terminal will be temporarily restricted to departing passengers.” This has resulted in many Air Mauritius flights getting rescheduled to both Tuesday the 21st and today, Wednesday the 22nd, though some others have been cancelled.  

The airline released this updated schedule “after the lifting of all cyclone warnings following the passage of intense tropical cyclone Freddy, and subject to better weather conditions allowing for safe operations”. Many travellers were subsequently requested not to arrive at the airport until they had been given their rescheduled flight. 

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