Roland Garros Airport
Sainte Marie, Reunion
02 62 48 80 36
Roland Garros Airport Sainte Marie Reviews
Roland Garros Airport Oct 21, 2011
In spite of a few disappointments with my carrier to Reunion, the island’s major landing strip, Roland Garros Airport, is quite functional and you should be well cared for after touching down. The airport’s namesake is a WWI pilot who seems to have been the first person to fly across the Mediterranean Sea. Roland was born in St. Denis and is considered a local hero.
The airport is technically located in Ste-Marie, but for practical purposes it lies just east of St. Denis, Reunion’s largest community. Roland Garros has only one terminal and is by no stretch a large airport, but still offers the traditional services one would expect at any major hub. Once you’ve cleared security there is a bar, restaurant, several gift shops (I was tickled to see you could even snag a fresh pineapple before flying away), a spacious children’s play area, non-denominational place of worship, etc.
Most of the arriving flights hailed from France, and a nice benefit of starting your journey from the homeland is that there is no customs to clear – eleven hour flight be damned, you haven’t left France and are free to simply walk off the plane! We were relieved the attendants at the Information Desk spoke some English and provided excellent service as we were stuck trying to find lodging upon arrival.
Auto rentals are located in a separate building just outside (on your right as you look out the front) and when you return your car be sure to keep your eyes peeled - there is a turn-off at a rotary before you reach the airport. You subsequently encounter a gated lot and have to push the button of your rental agency to have them let you enter – no idea what happens when you attempt to return after-hours? Final note is that taxi’s (ridiculously expensive) are the only vehicles permitted to drive right up to the front of the airport. If you are dropping somebody off you need to accomplish this in the parking lot, though a twenty minute grace period is provided.
Will also point out that this place was formerly named Gillot Airport and when I attempted to add this review, TravBuddy was insistent this was the name. If you do encounter this collision please be advised that Roland Garros Airport is the current name and Gillot is gone with the wind....
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