Air Austral flies twice a week from Johannesburg directly to Reunion Island’s Roland Garros airport (near St-Denis on the island’s north coast) using a Boeing 737. The flight is about 4 hours (bear in mind Reunion Island is 2 hours ahead of South Africa).
Air Austral flew the #MascaRun (read about it here) South Africa travel industry contestants to the island last month. Sure Travel Social Media Coordinator Jenna was impressed with the airline. “As one would hope, the plane was clean and comfortable, the crew attentive and friendly and the lunch on the way there was the best airplane lunch I have ever had. Delicious slivers of fresh smoked salmon and capers in the salad for starters – in economy class!” Air Austral has said that passengers often comment how impressed they are with the food.
“As I was part of the winning #MascaRun team, Air Austral kindly upgraded us to Comfort Class (this is Air Austral’s business class on their regional network) for our flight home. From the spacious seats to the champagne and snacks, it was wonderful getting to experience Air Austral in “first-class” style!”
There is an airport shuttle bus that runs to Saint-Denis however the easiest way of seeing the island is hiring a car and doing self-drive tours. All the car rental companies are situated at the airport when you walk out towards the parking lot – very easy to find.
If you feel like adding on another trip after Reunion Island, (perhaps some more French flair?) Air Austral offers direct flights to mainland France and then connects to various destinations in Europe as well as flights to Perth, Bangkok, Chennai and other Indian Ocean destinations.
If you want to combine your island visits, the Indian Ocean Pass air ticket special allows you to book a ticket on Air Austral, Air Mauritius or Air Seychelles and enjoy reduced fares from one of the islands to the next (Comoros, Madagascar, Maldives, Mayotte, Mauritius, Reunion, Rodrigues and Seychelles). Ask your Sure Travel consultant for more info.
Flights to Reunion Island
Joburg>Reunion Island: Thursdays & Sundays. Departure at 11h30 – Arrival at 17h20
Reunion Island>Joburg: Thursdays & Sundays. Departure at 08h00 – Arrival at 10h15
Kind thanks to Air Austral for sponsoring our #MascaRun flights to Reunion Island.
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