Vanilla Alliance for airlines of the Indian Ocean
September 24, 2015
The Indian Ocean islands of Seychelles, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion and the Comoros have formalized their commitment to ensure greater regional connectivity with the signing of a cooperation agreement dubbed ‘l’Alliance Vanille’ or the “Vanilla Alliance”. The agreement was signed on 21st September 2015 by representatives of the Vanilla Alliance member airlines, Air Seychelles, Air Madagascar, Air Mauritius, Air Austral and Inter Ile Air.
The Vanilla Alliance
The airlines within the “Vanilla Alliance” offer more than 50 destinations operated by more than 30 aircraft, employs nearly 6,000 staff and transport over 2.3 million passengers per year. The alliance aims to offer passengers traveling to this region a greater choice of flights and better connectivity to travel from one island to the other
In a press statement issued by the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), the CEO of Air Austral, Marie-Joseph Malé, who is also the President of Vanilla Alliance said: “We are all convinced that the strengthening of our air links is a prerequisite for the economic development of our region”.
“This agreement is happiness and jobs for our islands,” said the President of the Republic of Madagascar. He said that “history will record this qualitative leap”.