Air Austral plans to cancel operations to secondary French cities on 28-Oct-2012 as part of its network restructuring - see Route Changes Table for more information (Airline Route, 22-May-2012). According to Innovata, the airline uses a mix of Boeing 777-200LR and 777-300ER equipment on the routes. Services to be cancelled are as follows:
Air Austral to cancel services to secondary French cities in winter 2012
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