In a bid to improve air links, air companies of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) member countries will on 18 June 2015 sign in Antananarivo, Madagascar, an agreement to set up a sub-regional airline network known as ‘Vanilla Alliance’, the Commission said Tuesday.
The agreement will help improve “significantly and concretely” air links among countries of the Indian Ocean and internationally, the IOC said in a communique.
Through the alliance, it explained, “Air Austral, Air Madagascar, Air Mauritius, Air Seychelles and the Transport Ministry of the Union of Comoros will jointly defend their common interests and help improve connectivity among the islands, while preserving attractive tariffs for the passengers.”
According to the IOC, this initiative will actively lead to the global improvement of regional competitiveness by strengthening tourist offer, traffic development, business facilitation and improvement on trade exchanges.
Marie-Joseph Male, President and Director General of Air Austral and chairperson of the IOC airlines, commended the national dialogue that led to the agreement under the auspices of the IOC saying it “marks a major turning point in the regional air traffic in the Indian Ocean”.
The IOC said the creation of Vanilla Alliance is an outcome of its sensitization and mobilization efforts since May 2013.