Designed and operated by Aeroports de Paris, the new terminal should be ready to host flights by mid-September.
Jacques Follain, CEO of ADPM, the Aeroports de Paris subsidiary that oversaw the project, said the terminal will boost the island’s economy.
"This new terminal, which doubles the airport’s capacity, will play a crucial role in the economic development of Mauritius,” he said.
“The island wanted a world-class airport site in order to better fulfil the demands of its growing tourist industry.”
The 56,900sqm terminal is the largest piece of infrastructure ever built in Mauritius, according to Aeroports de Paris.
Catering for up to 4.5 million passengers per year, the terminal has eight aircraft stands, one of them designed for A380s.
While constructed with 140,000 tonnes of steel, the terminal is intended to give an impression of lightness through a roof modelled on the ravenala palm, a tree found across Mauritius.
The central section, which symbolises the trunk, covers the entrance hall, while ‘palm fronds’ cover the boarding lounges, with views over the mountains of Mauritius and Blue Bay lagoon.
The terminal is built on three levels, with the ground floor for tour operator desks, customs services and a baggage reclaim area with six carousels.
On the first floor, the departure concourse has 52 check-in desks situated less than 100m from the boarding lounges and more than 4,400sqm of duty-free shops.
The second floor has a 2,500sqm glazed area for dropping off departing passengers.
In line with Mauritius’s sustainability policies, the terminal has 264 solar panels, rainwater recovery systems, natural lighting for the public areas and a host of green spaces.
This inauguration follows more than three years of work overseen by ADPM (Aéroports de Paris Management).
Once it is up and running, planned for mid-September, the terminal will be operated by ADPM via ATOL (Airport Terminal Operations Ltd), a joint venture set up with AML (Airports of Mauritius Ltd) under a 15-year concession.
The terminal was designed by Aeroports de Paris Ingenierie (ADPI), with Alain Davy as chief architect, and build by China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd.
The project was financed by ATOL at a cost of 11bn Mauritian rupees (€270m).