Mauritius flights grounded due to tropical cyclone warning

Indian Ocean cyclone warning
By Harry Kemble
20/02/2023
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Air Mauritius has axed three flights to and from Heathrow following a major tropical cyclone warning in the Indian Ocean.

At least 18 flights in total have been scrapped by the carrier as tropical cyclone Freddy gathers force.

The airline grounded its flight from Heathrow yesterday and it has cancellled its return service from Mauritius today as well as its flight to Mauritius tomorrow.

In its latest travel advice, the Foreign Office said: “Tropical cyclone Freddy is evolving to east-north-east of Mauritius. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities.

“A cyclone warning class III is in force in Mauritius. Weather conditions are expected to deteriorate in the early afternoon of Monday 20 February.

“Following the cyclone warning class III, SSR International airport is temporarily closed as from 7.10am (local time) on Monday 20 February.”

The advisory said passengers should contact their airline for further information.

Air Mauritius said: “Following the latest updates from the meteorological services with regard to the sustained approach of intense tropical cyclone Freddy in our region, the following Air Mauritius flights have been cancelled.”

British Airways operates flights between London Gatwick and Mauritius, with the next due to depart tomorrow. A spokesperson for the airline said: “Our flights are currently unaffected but we continue to monitor the situation closely.”

The Mauritius Meteorological Services has warned that weather on the island is likely to gradually worsen over the coming hours. The storm is expected to weaken later as he heads towards Madagascar.

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