Tsaradia means "good trip" in Malagasy, and the launch of a new domestic airline in Madagascar promises just that. This is part of the partnership agreement between Air Madagascar and Air Austral that aims to revamp domestic airline travel on the island. The airline has chosen the emblematic animal of Madagascar, the lemur and a predominance of red allied with the colours of the sky, the sun and nature. This is the first major aviation development to take place in Madagascar in a number of years.
We asked Hely Rakotomanantsoa, MD of IC Tours what the new domestic airline means for trips to Madagascar.
The set plans include aligning the fleets of both Air Madagascar and Air Austral, developing Saint Denis de la Reunion and Antananarivo hubs. This will boost both long-haul and domestic networks which, we believe, will give our clients better, more convenient connections between their domestic flights and international flights to Europe.
This is alongside the proposed contract with Kenya Airways, Air Austral and Air Madagascar to add Nairobi as their third strategic hub for international flights and explore the option of code sharing. This will allow Antananarivoand Nairobi to become a gateway to strengthen trade and tourism between the three countries and improve their connectivity. We feel that this will offer our clients an opportunity to combine other countries as a multi-centre holiday and expand the interest of Madagascar to be seen as an add-on to trips across Africa.
The airline’s routes are all based out of the hub in Antananarivo, andfeature 11 major destinations, with Diégo, Tamatave, Nosy-Be, Toliara and Fort-Dauphin having flights twice a day, while Sambava, Morondava and Sainte-Marie, Mahajanga and Maroantsetra are scheduled initially with one flight per day. With a total of 75 flights weekly, this will offer our clients more departure options to fly between the islands’ must see attractions.
The new airline equates to 82% more seats and 52% more weekly domestic flights. This will give our clients many more options to choose from, providing greater flexibility for travel within Madagascar.
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With the airline stopping off at 11 destinations there will now be more departure options than ever before. This will improve transfer times, meaning we can add more destinations into our itineraries and pack more into each and every trip we offer. This has been greatly needed in Madagascar, as previously it was difficult to get around the island with routes and journey times proving difficult. We are very much looking forward to the changes this new domestic airline offers.
Hely Rakotomanantsao, has been running IC Tours for well over a decade and they’ve emerged as one of Madagascar’s very best DMCs. Malagasy born and bred, but educated in Europe, Hely has a real understanding of the needs and expectations of international travellers. She knows all the very best guides in each wildlife reserve and she’s highly skilled at putting together complex itineraries to deliver the perfect trip.
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