Mauritius and Netherlands signed a bilateral air services agreement (BASA) and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at Port Louis on Wednesday.

With the new agreements adopted in 2009 and ratified yesterday, Air Mauritius takes advantage of its code-sharing arrangement with Air France to market seats on the aviation major’s flights to cities in the Netherlands.

The signatories to the agreements were Ambassador Jaap Frederiks from the Netherlands and SC Seeballuck, Secretary to Cabinet and Head of Civil Service, from Mauritius.

Ambassador Frederiks pointed out that the agreements will help Air Mauritius to develop its services in Europe and will also assist the tourism industry to expand in the Netherlands.

He added that transport services play an important role in the history of the Netherlands, and that this sector is one of their principal domains of expertise.

Ambassador Frederiks concluded on the note that these agreements will help to further strengthen ties between the two countries.

For his part, SC Seeballuck stated that the services agreement between the two countries were signed in November 1973 at a time when Air Mauritius had just started its operations.

He said that the history of Mauritius is linked to the discovery of the island by Dutch sailors and that Mauritius was named after Prince Mauritz Van Nassau.

Coming to the Air Services agreement, Seeballuck expressed confidence that it will help bring the two countries closer and to establish links which will boost the movement of people and goods.

Agreements with the Netherlands Air Services between Mauritius and the Netherlands are governed within the framework of a MoU and a BASA signed in July 1972 and November 1973 respectively.

Following a round of air services talks with the Aeronautical Authorities of the Netherlands in October 2009, a new MoU was signed and a revised air services agreement was adopted.

The BASA provides, amongst others, for a single designation of airlines by each party; seven weekly frequencies with passengers/combination aircraft and seven weekly frequencies with all cargo aircraft; and fifth freedom traffic rights for passengers and combination aircraft and cargo operation.

Image (Amsterdam Airport): The agreements allow Air Mauritius to take advantage of its code-sharing arrangement with Air France to market seats on the aviation major’s flights to cities in the Netherlands.

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