The objectives of the Department of Civil Aviation are:
To set civil aviation standards for Mauritius which meet, or exceed, the requirements of the ICAO Annexes and ensure legislation is enacted to give effect to the standards.
To ensure that the certification and continued airworthiness aspects of aircraft and engines achieve the set safety standards.
To ensure that Mauritian aircraft operations and approved maintenance organisations achieve the set safety standards.
To ensure that flight crew, aircraft maintenance engineers and air traffic services staff are fit and qualified for their task.
To ensure that the International Airport, and any other aerodromes which may be licensed, meet the requirements of the aerodrome licence and are safe for use.
To provide the link between ICAO and the Government on issues of aviation security, and ensure that aviation security is given high priority in the organisation of civil aviation.
To plan, provide and operate safe, orderly and expeditious air traffic services, including the provision of search and rescue co-ordination, in order to meet the set safety standard at minimum effective cost to customers.
To establish a formal system for the reporting and investigation of accidents and serious incidents, disseminating the information as appropriate.
To establish financial systems which enable the identification of the real cost of, and the true income earned by, the Department as a first step towards establishing the viability of an independent civil aviation authority.
To advise the Government on civil aviation matters, including the provision of aviation statistical information for Government planning purposes.
To develop, implement and maintain a plan for the continuing professional development of the Department's staff in support of the above objectives.