Air Austral, the French airline based in the
Indian Ocean territory of Reunion, has announced a restructure of
its network as part of the northern winter schedule period,
commencing in October 2012.
As part of the next schedule,
effective from late October, the airline will suspend its services
to Sydney, Noumea in New Caledonia and the French cities of
Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille, Lyon and Nantes.
The airline is however in
discussions with an airline operating already in the Australian
market, effective from the northern winter schedule, enabling it
to continue serving travellers from Australia to Reunion and
With continued high operating costs, in
particular aviation fuel, coupled with low yields on a number of
international routes, Air Austral said it believes the proposed
restructure "represents a sensible and responsible operational
strategy in the current challenging climate".
Additional details of the restructure, and
procedures for travel agents to rebook passengers, are expected to be
announced once finalised.
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