In Mauritius there are a number of helipads around the island that are functional. The helipads have been designed in such a way that permits smooth helicopter take-offs and landings. The heliports have support facilities such as fuel, hangaring and attendants. Most of these helipads are found on the secure premises of the hotel.
Differences between a Helipad and an Airport?
An airport is an airfield where airplanes can take off and land. It includes one or more runaways or passenger terminals. On the contrary, a heliport/ helipad is entitled for helicopters only, whereby they can take off and land. The helipads are scattered in various locations in all regions of Mauritius for you to enjoy helicopter flight departing from your preferred location, without having the hassle of travelling the distance to the SSR International airport.
Advantages Of Using Helipads:
- A helipad is specifically designed for helicopters in order to ensure safe takeoff and landing.
- It ensures a fast boarding procedure compare to an airport.
- A helipad caters for the most discerning or VIP clients, ensuring a more personalized service.
- Helipads are ideal for companies that use helicopters to ensure a safe, secure and reliable transportation for their top executives, or clients.
- Besides for tourist or corporate purposes, a heliport can be very crucial part of patients who need an emergency transfer to clinics or hospital.
Mauritius Helipads Rules And Regulations
There are certain rules and regulations that need to be taken into consideration while using the helipad. Below is a list of rules to follow:
- Passengers should be at the helipad (not at the agent’s desk or reception desk) at least 10 minutes before their scheduled departure time.
- Heliport: Passengers should be at the airport at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time. In case of any problem, you can contact any Air Mauritius Counter in the departure or arrival terminal.
- All passengers need to produce a valid proof of identity (Passport, National Identity Card or Driving Licenses)
- The helicopter must be boarded from the front, in the view of the pilot and never approach the helicopter from behind.
- Wait for the pilot or flight attendant to signal before proceeding towards the helicopter.
- Never carry long items upright when approaching the helicopter.
- Enter and exit through the LEFT side doors only.
- Abide by non-smoking rules as smoking is PROHIBITED near or inside the helicopter whether on ground or in flight
- With a fully booked flight scheduled, late passengers may be left behind or their flight canceled or shortened. In such cases, NO refund will be considered
- Passenger are required to show their identity card or passport to the attendant or pilot before entering the Helicopter. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of their flight.
- Children should avoid sitting next to the door in the helicopter
- Passengers who have special requests for their flight should inform the pilot prior to takeoff. These requests will be considered as far as possible and practicable.
List Of Helipads In Mauritius:
- Lux* Grand Gaube Hotel (north of the golf course)
- Royal Palm (on the right after main entrance)
- Maritim Hotel (on the right after main entrance, next to the parking area)
- One & Only St. Géran (on the peninsula north of the hotel)
- Prince Maurice Hotel (to the right of the main entrance)
- Anahita (at the Entrance of IRS premises)
- Ile aux Cerfs (Next to golf course)
- Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel (on golf course North of Golf Club)
- Shangri-la's Le Touessrok Resort & Spa South of the hotel (off the entrance road)
South - East
- SSR International Airport
- Domaine des Sept Vallées, also known as Domaine du Chasseur (next to Restaurant & lodge)
South - West
- Le Paradis Hotel Helipad (on the left after main entrance)
- Bel-Ombre (next to Chateau & Golf Course)
- Varangue sur Morne (next to lodge “Chalets en Champagne”)
- Avalon (at the end of the practice driving range)
Please note that other helipads may be constructed in the future.