Events | AASA AGA 2019 | Conference Host
Where: LUX* Saint Gilles Hotel, Saint Gilles Les Bains, Reunion
When: 10 to 13 October 2019
Air Austral is an airline based at the Roland Garros Airport in the French overseas department of Réunion in the Indian Ocean. It operates scheduled services from Réunion to metropolitan France, South Africa, Thailand, India and a number of destinations in the Indian Ocean. The airline has eight airplanes in the fleet and employs around 900 people.
Air Austral was created in December 1974 by local businessman, Gérard Ethève. It was Réunion’s first commercial airline, known as Réunion Air Services (RAS). By August 1977 RAS had started regional services from Sainte-Marie to Mayotte with a 32-seat Hawker Siddeley HS 748 turboprop. RAS became Air Réunion in December, 1986.
“Air Austral has doubled our efforts over the past years, by renewing our fleet and placing particular emphasis on our quality of service, and will continue to do so, to offer you the best possible travel experience. We are committed to further developing our destination network: this year, we brought you direct flights to China and Marseille from Reunion Island. The magnificent island of Madagascar will soon become more accessible to you thanks to a solid partnership which was recently signed with Air Madagascar.” Marie-Joseph Malé, Air Austral CEO
In 2019, Air Austral was nominated by the World Travel Awards in the following categories: Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline - Business Class 2019; Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline - Economy Class 2019; Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline Brand 2019 and Indian Ocean’s Leading Airport Lounge 2019.