Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport | Mauritius
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, Mauritius’ principal aviation facility, was constructed in 1942 to import and export goods to and from the island nation of Mauritius, a former British colony, and other U.K. territories. Located 48 kilometers from Mauritius’ capital city of Port Louis, the airport is home to the country’s national airline and offers flights to countries in Africa, Asia and Europe.
In recent years, Airports of Mauritius Co. Ltd. (AML), owner and operator of the airport, has initiated numerous projects to upgrade the facility to accommodate passenger growth and facilitate increased tourism.
Airport Terminal Operations Ltd., a company formed by AML and Aéroports de Paris Management, selected Louis Berger to serve as program manager for construction of a new terminal at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport. Louis Berger was responsible for design reviews and approvals, project management and supervising construction of the new terminal, which is capable of handling 4 million passengers annually. The new 57,000-square-meter terminal, completed in May 2013, features:
- A link to the existing terminal through a two-level connecting gallery.
- An aircraft parking apron with a dedicated taxi lane, service road and vehicle parking facilities.
- 56 check-in counters for departing passengers.
- State-of-the-art baggage-handling systems.
- A departure hall, arrivals gallery, and Customs areas.
- Retail spaces and VIP lounges.
The environmentally-friendly facility features a variety of ecologically sustainable components, such as photovoltaic panels to collect solar energy, rain water recovery systems, and thermo-insulated facades to reduce heat gain.
In 2014, the Airports Council International (ACI) recognized the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport with two first-place Airport Service Quality awards for Best Airport by Region and Best Improvement by Region (Africa). It also was named the second-best Airport by Size in the world serving 2 to 5 million passengers annually.