Air Austral plans for additional Johannesburg flight from November


(Posted 23rd July 2016)

A high powered delegation from Reunion visited South Africa to attend the French Embassy’s Bastille Day commemoration in Pretoria. The team used the opportunity to showcase the island to the more than 900 embassy guests in the South African capital before meeting over 600 guests of the French Consulate in Johannesburg, all representing the who is who in commerce, industry, politics and of course tourism in South Africa.
Air Austral will, come November, launch a third weekly flight between Reunion’s capital St. Denis and Johannesburg, using their two class Boeing B737-800NG on the route.
Pictured above are among others the Director of IRT, short for Isle de la Reunion Tourisme, the Deputy CEO of Air Austral and Mr. Didier Robert, President of the Region of Reunion and a French Senator.
South Africa has become a market of growing importance for Reunion, set free since the need for Visa was abolished for tourists staying up to two weeks back in 2013.
The team of Air Austral and IRT also met with South Africa’s Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom, both sides keen to expand cooperation in the field. Notably did Minister Hanekom accept an invitation by Reunion to be the island’s guest of honour during the Liberte Metisse Festival in December, which is also a major Vanilla Island event.
Reunion and South Africa are both keen to expand cruise tourism and cruise and fly tourism and have both, together with other Vanilla Islands, lobbied major international cruise lines to return to the region with regular itineraries.
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