Emirates has launched two daily flights to Mauritius, with two further frequencies to be added this month.

The route is to be serviced by a Boeing 777-300 in a three-class configuration.

In a January 2012 pact, Emirates and the government of Mauritius agreed to work together to increase visibility and awareness of the island in the 126 destinations to which the airline flies.

Emirates senior vice president, West Asia Indian Ocean, Ahmed Khoory, said the increase in frequencies would create more opportunities for the Mauritian tourism sector and local economy.

Some 964,642 tourists visited Mauritius in 2011, a 3.2% increase on the previous year.