Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport
, previously known as Plaisance Airport
or SSR Airport
, is an international airport
serving the island country of Mauritius
. The airport is located at Plaine Magnien
, near Plaisance
and southeast of Port Louis
, the capital of Mauritius. It is named after Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam
(1900–1985), who was the first Prime Minister of Mauritius.
The airport serves as the hub of the country's national airline Air Mauritius
, and most of the maintenance on the aircraft is carried out at the new hangar facilities there.
The existing terminal
building is a two-storey structure, with arrivals based mainly on the lower floor and departures handled on the upper floor. A large outdoor parking lot
is attached. Unlike most airports, SSR Airport is a passenger-only building, non-passengers are not allowed inside. As a result, there are no landside shops, only duty-free boutiques after customs in the departure lounge, and a small duty free boutique for passengers arriving at Mauritius.
On 28 May 2009, Aéroports de Paris
subsidiaries ADPM and ADPI accounced they had won the contract to construct and manage a new terminal, Terminal 2. This building will connect with the existing terminal.
Airlines and destinations
Accidents and incidents
- On August 24, 1960, Qantas Super Constellation VH-EAC crashed on take-off at Mauritius en route to the Cocos Islands. The take-off was aborted following an engine failure, the......