Air Austral is back in the black


(Posted 17th June 2014)

Reunion’s home airline Air Austral appears headed back into profit territory after some dismal financial performances over the past few years. Though their passenger revenues are expected to be down by 5 percent this year compared to the 2012/13 period, operating cost also fell by an astonishing 11+ percent while the operating income rose by over a third at the corresponding period of time. Cargo revenue for Air Austral rose by nearly 3.5 percent while other income rose by nearly 31 percent. The airline’s net income rose by nearly 55 percent compared to last year while the company managed to reduce debt by nearly 19 percent.

The airline flies 12 times a week from St. Denis, the Reunion capital, to Paris and also offers a range of regional flights to Johannesburg (2xweekly), 3 destinations on Madagascar, to Mauritius, Mayotte, the Comoros and from end June to the Seychelles. Added intercontinental routes are to Chennai in India (2xweekly) and to Bangkok / Thailand (2xweekly). Air Austral also served Reunion’s second airport of Saint Pierre, using an ATR 72 for that service. The overall fleet now comprises 8 aircraft at present, including 2 ATR 72-500, 2 B737-800NG, 1 B777-200LR and 3 B777-300ER after releasing one ATR 72 and two B777. Air Austral has two pending orders with Airbus for the A380 but there are indications that this order may be shelved.

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