Air Austral is a French airline with its headquarters at Roland Garros Airport in Sainte-Maries, Réunion, France. It operates scheduled services from Réunion to
- metropolitan France
- South Africa
- Number of destinations in the Indian Ocean
The company has 900 employees. It has been in operation for over 40 years since its founding in 1974 and is Réunion’s first commercial airline.
Since its founding as Réunion Air Services, it began to expand into regional services and renamed Air Réunion in 1986. In 1991, Air Réunion was purchased and renamed Air Austral. Since then the airline has expanded it has reached into Africa, Europe and even Asia.
Air Austral has a baggage policy that allows passenger to have a free checked baggage allowance of two pieces of luggage with a certain weight limit, depending on your cabin class. The airline offers its clients with the choice of three cabin options, namely Loisers (economy), Confort (premium economy) and Club Austral (business class). Passengers of Air Austral are encouraged to check in 45min before departure time for domestic flights, while 2 to 3 hours before international flights.
April International, a partner of Air Austral, offers their clients two insurance covers that will protect you before and/or during your trip. If you have prepared for your trip and have bought your plane ticket but then you have to suddenly cancel your trip due to unpredictable events, cancellation insurance comes into play. It covers you in the event that you become seriously ill or get into an accident. It also covers you should you experience unpredictable complications of pregnancy. Another travel insurance that is offered is the one that helps your during your trip. It covers you from the day of your departure until the day of your return. It assists you if you become will or get injured as well as assistance in the case of death.