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Transportation and Communications

The island's network of surfaced roads covered 1,880 kilometers in 1992. In that same year, approximately 150,000 vehicles were registered. Port Louis and other urban centers have heavy traffic congestion. Railroads have been abandoned, but an extensive bus network exists, and the government is considering the construction of a monorail network. Port Louis, the sole commercial port, is large and was recently modernized. In 1992 it handled some 3.5 million tons of cargo, about 70 percent of which was in containers. The government's Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport at Plaisance is modern, having undergone an expansion costing MauR450 million in the early 1990s. In 1992 it handled 950,000 passengers, half of whom were carried by the national carrier, Air Mauritius. In the same year, 34,000 tons of freight passed through the airport, and the average number of daily arriving and departing flights was twenty-nine. Air Mauritius plans to expand its fleet of three Boeing 727s by adding three Airbus A340-300s, expected for delivery in April 1994.

Communications facilities in Mauritius are well developed, including modern postal, facsimile, and telex services. In 1992 the telephone network had a capacity of 100,000 lines. International direct dialing was instituted in 1987. Also serving the country are two radio stations, four television stations, and one International Telecommunications Satellite Corporation earth station.

Data as of August 1994