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Air Austral is a French airline with its headquarters at Roland Garros Airport in Sainte-Marie, Réunion, France.
Air Austral flies to many destinations including Saint Denis, Saint Pierre, Moroni, Paris, Chennai, Antananarivo, Nosy Be, Toamasina, Dzaoudzi, Mahe, Johannesburg and Bangkok.
For passengers who want to explore this part of the Indian Ocean Air Austral is a great choice. The airline's main base of flight operations is Roland Garros Airport.
Air Austral operates scheduled services from Réunion to metropolitan France, South Africa, Thailand, India and a number of destinations in the Indian Ocean. The airline also operates to the Comores, Madagascar, France, Thailand, South Africa, Seychelles and Mauritius giving a total of 18 airports on it’s network Air Austral Indian Ocean Flights.
With Paris being the European gateway to Reunion (which is where Air Austral are based) passengers have to travel via Charles de Gaulle in order to get there.
Air Austral's fleet consists of ATR 72s, Boeing 737s and Boeing 777s.
One of Air Austral's partners is EWA Air which is their airline subsidiary in Mayotte. In connection with Air Austral flights Reunion-Dzaoudzi, EWA serves with the ATR 72-500.
Air Austral offers three types of classes:
Club Austral Business
Air Austral are entitled to a free checked baggage allowance:
Loisirs is entitled to 25kg
Club Austral: 40kg on long-haul flights.
For Regional flights, passengers are entitled to the same allowance in Loisirs and Club Austral and 30kg in Comfort.
Frequent Flyer Program
Air Austral operates a frequent flyer program called Capricorn to reward regular passengers with the airline.
6th December 2017
Air Austral accedes to Air Madagascar's shareholding
Air Austral (UU, St. Denis de la Réunion) has completed its accession to Air Madagascar's share capital following the signing of an equity purchase agreement on Thursday, November 30.
Under the terms of the deal, Air Austral will acquire a 49.41% stake in the Malagasy carrier for USD40 million with the Malagasy state retaining a majority 50.59% shareholding.
According to a government release, Air Austral's contribution is broken into three tranches; the first entails USD10 million needed to acquire a 39.04% stake in Air Madagascar and which has now been paid in. The second tranche of USD5 million will take its equity stake to the 49.41% agreed to while the remaining USD25 million will be used to recapitalize Air Madagascar's operations.
For its part, the Malagasy state covered the airline's MGA303 billion Malagasy Ariary (USD94.4 million) worth of legacy debts. As such, following this disbursement, Antananarivo will no longer support the airline from its 2018 budget onwards.
As majority shareholder, the Malagasy state has appointed Herivelo Andriamanga as Chairman of the Board along with three of the seven board members namely Thierry Rakotoarison, Eric Koller and General Didier Gérard Paza.
For its part, Air Austral has nominated Didier Robert (President of shareholder Sematra), Marie Joseph Male (President And CEO of Air Austral), and Dominique Dufour, (Secretary General of Air Austral) as its representatives.
Air Austral aims to revamp Air Madagascar's fortunes via a two-phased business plan. The first phase entails a three-year turnaround period wherein the Malagasy airline will be put back on its feet while the second phase is will focus on long-term sustainable growth. Under the plan, Air Madagascar will reach a fleet of fourteen aircraft in 2020, growing to seventeen in 2023, while establishing a separate carrier focussing on domestic short-haul services.
23rd October 2017
Air Austral adds Marseille link
Air Austral commenced services between Reunion (RUN) and Marseille (MRS) on 12 October. Flights on the 8,795-kilometre sector will operate up to twice-weekly (Mondays and Thursdays) on the airline’s 777-300s. XL Airways France offers the direct competition, with it currently serving the airport pair twice-weekly, although its frequency drops to once weekly at the end of October. Marseille is the second French destination served by Air Austral from Reunion, with the other being Paris CDG. See how Marseille Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.
10th October 2017
Air Austral signs agreement to take 49% of Air Madagascar
Reunion-based Air Austral has finalized its equity joint venture with Air Madagascar, agreeing to take a 49% stake alongside the Madagascan government which will maintain a controlling 51% shareholding.
Air Austral, which is already partnered with Air Madagascar through the Vanilla Alliance, was selected as Air Madagascar’s preferred partner in March after beating a rival short-listed bid from Star Alliance carrier Ethiopian Airlines.
In a joint press release, the two airlines said the MOU was firmed Oct. 9, cementing the terms and conditions for the joint venture. They said this marks the start of an “interim phase.” The strategic partnership will be fully finalized at the end of October, when Air Austral acquires 49% of Air Madagascar, closing the deal.
Air Madagascar will go through a two-stage turnaround over the next 10 years. During the first three years, Air Madagascar is aiming to recover and to lay foundations for future growth. After this, the airline will go through a growth phase, expanding its fleet and opening new routes.
Air Austral CEO and former SkyTeam managing director Marie-Joseph Malé said the two companies have spent six months refining their business plan. “We are now more determined than ever to join forces for our development and to strengthen our positions in the Indian Ocean,” Malé said.
Malé added that the agreement marks a turning point for the two companies, but he cautioned that there is still a lot of complex work to be done. Under the joint venture, the two airlines will focus on regional development and traffic growth.
The Madagascan government will continue to hold 51% of its national carrier and has committed to upgrading local airport infrastructure.
Air Austral will select Air Madagascar’s CEO and will be responsible for day-to-day operations, but the government will appoint the chairman. Air Austral has also committed to invest $40 million in its new partner.
More than 30 companies were interested in a strategic partnership with Air Madagascar, although only seven of these were pre-qualified to submit an offer.
Air Austral and Air Madagascar are both Indian Ocean carriers. They are also joined together through the Vanilla Alliance, alongside Air Mauritius and Air Seychelles.
Roland Garros Airport
Roland Garros Airport formerly known as Gillot Airport, is located in Sainte-Marie on Réunion. The airport is 7 kilometres east of Saint-Denis and it is named for the French aviator Roland Garros who was born in Saint-Denis.
Airlines that fly from and to Roland Garros Airport include Air France, Air Madagascar and Air Mauritius.
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