Showing posts with label Austrian Airlines. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Austrian Airlines. Show all posts

Wednesday 5 October 2022

Austrian Airlines increases flights from Berlin this winter....

In the 2023 winter flight schedule, Austrian Airlines increases its flight offer to and from Berlin and serves the Berlin-Innsbruck route with a weekly flight for the first time. From 28 January to 25 February, Austrian Airlines will fly passengers from the German capital to the Tyrolean winter
paradise every Saturday. 

With this new connection, Lufthansa Group enhances Innsbruck’s network portfolio by adding to the existing routes to Vienna, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Stockholm and
Copenhagen. In total, Lufthansa Group airlines will fly to Innsbruck up to 48 times a week during
the peak ski season and further strengthen the market for domestic tourism.

“With this seasonal service, we are giving our flight program to Berlin an upgrade. Our winter sports-savvy passengers will enjoy the convenience of a direct connection to Tyrol. Austrian Airlines and the Lufthansa Group significantly contribute to strengthening tourist traffic in the region with almost 50 weekly flights to Innsbruck,” says Austrian Airlines CCO Michael Trestl.

The Vienna-Berlin route will also be expanded with an additional flight on Saturdays around the
semester break. This will benefit not only city tourists travelling to Vienna or Berlin, but also
numerous transfer passengers who travel via Vienna as a convenient hub for their onward flight.

The new Berlin connection in detail (28 January 2023 – 25 February 2023):

RouteFlight NumberFlight DaysDeparture – Arrival
Berlin – InnsbruckOS281Saturday12:10 – 13:35
Innsbruck – BerlinOS282Saturday15:05 – 16:30
Vienna – BerlinOS225Saturday10:05 – 11:20
Berlin – ViennaOS232Saturday17:15 – 18:30






Thursday 26 May 2022

Los Angeles return for Austrian Airlines.....



Austrian Airlines red and white planes are back in Los Angeles as the carrier rebuilds its route network, initially, the red flag carrier offers five weekly flights. 

Starting in July, the airline will offer six weekly connections on Boeing 777 aircraft linking Vienna with the City of Angels. The carrier will fly the 9.900km distance in around 12 and half hours for the rest of its summer timetable, until the middle of October. 

“With Chicago, Washington and two airports in New York, we are already very well represented in the East of the USA. We are very happy to offer non-stop flights to the west coast again with our route to Los Angeles”, says Austrian Airlines CCO Michael Trestl. “The million-strong metropolis of Los Angeles is a popular holiday destination for many Austrians and hub for connections with our partners. With our new destination, we are expecting a balanced amount of local and transfer passengers, who will connect in Vienna.” 

Julian Jäger, Joint CEO and COO of Vienna Airport, adds: “Directly from Vienna to the popular Hollywood metropolis: Los Angeles is a great city and the perfect starting point to travel the West Coast of the USA. Flights to the United States are generally very popular and I am pleased that after two years of pandemic, the flight schedule is now being expanded again to include five frequencies per week to Los Angeles in addition to New York, Newark, Chicago and Washington.” 

 Flights in detail:

route                                 flight number   flight days                            departure – arrival (local time)
Vienna – Los Angeles      OS 081            Mo, Tue, We*, Thu, Fr, Sa   09:55 – 13:25
Los Angeles – Vienna      OS 082            Mo, Tue, We*, Thu, Fr, Sa   15:15 – 11:50 (on the next day)

*We: additional sixth connection between the beginning of July and the end of September




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Thursday 10 March 2022

After another crisis year Austrian Airlines sees record booking for summer

 

• Annual result 2021: Adjusted EBIT at EUR -264 million
• Passenger growth of 61 percent compared to 2020
• EUR 60 of EUR 300 million of the crisis loan already repaid
• High booking numbers pave the way for summer 2022
• CCO Michael Trestl: “More than 500,000 bookings within 14 days prove that people want to travel again.”
• COO Francesco Sciortino: “In the past two years we have shown resilience and flown Austrian Airlines with great flexibility through a crisis full of turbulence. Together we can also master other challenges!”


“We are the Austrian flag carrier, it is our mission to connect people and economies, even in difficult times. This is why we are all the more concerned about the situation in Ukraine, which is causing extreme suffering and uncertainty for the entire world,” says Austrian Airlines CCO Michael Trestl. “Our thoughts are with all the people affected by the war and our local colleagues, whom we support as best we can,” says Austrian Airlines COO Francesco Sciortino.

2021 was another year marked by crisis

In 2021, waves of openings and closures and the emergence of new virus variants caused another year of crisis in aviation. Austrian Airlines closed the past year with a loss of EUR -264 million (Adjusted EBIT), a plus (+17%) compared to 2020 (EUR -319 million), but still, a negative development compared to 2019 (Adjusted EBIT: EUR 19 million). Even if the number of passengers (5.0 million) seasonally developed very positively last year (61%, 2020: 3.1 million), they only accounted for around a third of the number of passengers compared to 2019 (14.7 million) due to numerous travel restrictions and renewed lockdowns.

“Lockdowns, travel restrictions and new virus variants are reflected in our annual results: we have to close 2021 with yet another minus,” says Austrian Airlines CCO Michael Trestl and continues: “However, over 500,000 bookings within 14 days are a record since the outbreak of the pandemic and prove that people want to travel again.” After another year full of restructuring measures and adjustments to the new travel normality, the current bookings give reason for confidence in our flight operations. “In the past two years, we have shown resilience and have flown Austrian Airlines with great flexibility through a crisis full of turbulence. Together we can also master other challenges!” says Austrian Airlines COO and Crisis Team Leader Francesco Sciortino.


The annual result in detail

In 2021, revenue at Austrian Airlines increased by 62 percent to EUR 743 million (2020: EUR 460 million, 2019: EUR 2,108 million). Total operating revenue increased by 15 percent to EUR 774 million (2020: EUR 672 million, including EUR 150 million emergency aid, 2019: EUR 2,181 million). In the same period, total operating expenses increased by 5 percent to EUR 1,038 million (2020: EUR 991 million, 2019: EUR 2,164 million). Despite lower production, the national flag carrier’s liquidity remains well above plan. Compared to 2020, adjusted EBIT, which does not include valuation gains or losses from aircraft sales, improved by 17 percent to EUR -264 million (2020: EUR -319 million, including EUR 150 million in emergency aid, 2019: 19 million euros).

As of 31 December 2021, Austrian Airlines had 5,793 employees, which is a decrease of around 650 employees or 10 percent compared to 2020 and a decrease of around 1,196 employees or 17 percent compared to 2019. The reduction was due to natural attrition, not filling vacant positions and the expiry of limited-term employment contracts.

Saturday 26 February 2022

Austrian Airlines flies above pre-crisis level in summer.........


Austrian Airlines has seen a rapid increase in bookings since the recent announcements of large-scale covid restrictions easing throughout Europe. The firm says demand for flights during the Easter holidays is high, with travellers mainly drawn to warm water destinations such as the Maldives, Mauritius or Cancún. 

Since the easing announcements in Thailand, Austrian flights to Bangkok have also been in high demand again. Mediterranean destinations such as Málaga or classic city trip destinations such as Paris, Hamburg or Berlin are also popular in spring and have already been increased in some cases with additional frequencies. 

"The huge increase in bookings and the desire to travel of the Austrians do not surprise us. People want to get out and discover new things – Austrian is a travel companion of trust!" says Austrian Board Member for Sales Michael Trestl.

With over 110 destinations and a broad frequency increase, the airline is offering 120% of the pre-crisis year 2019 levels this summer. The need for travellers to catch up is already evident in the booking figures for the summer months. Popular European destinations such as Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Thessaloniki, Keflavik or Larnaca have been booked thousands of times in the past few days alone. Due to the high demand for flights to the Balearic Islands, Austrian Airlines serves the islands of Mallorca with up to three flights a day and Ibiza with up to five flights a week in summer. Austrian flights across the Atlantic are also heavily booked. With the resumption of Los Angeles in the route network, Austrian Airlines will offer up to 33 weekly direct connections to the USA from May. For the summer flight schedule, Austrian Airlines is reactivating all aircraft in its fleet in order to fly hundreds of thousands of travellers safely on holiday.





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Wednesday 29 December 2021

Austrian Airlines: loan installments of 60 million euros repaid in 2021


After the early repayment of the first loan installment of 30 million euros in July 2021, Austrian Airlines repays another 30 million euros on 31 December 2021. By the end of 2021 the national carrier has repaid the first 60 million euros of the state-guaranteed loan with a total of 300 million. Despite the ongoing pandemic, the red-white-red airline is fulfilling its responsibility and meets the financial agreements as planned.

Austrian Airlines board member Michael Trestl: “The corona pandemic has caused the worst crisis in our company’s history. Without the support of the Austrian Federal Government and other stakeholders, the continuance of Austrian Airlines as such would not have been possible. We are proud that we have already repaid a fifth of our financial aid and that we are fulfilling our responsibilities as promised. All of this in spite of the fact that the pandemic is going on longer than we all hoped. We will proceed with this path in order to continue as the red-white-red carrier at Vienna Airport who connects Austria and the world! "

In June 2020, Austrian Airlines received a corona aid package totaling 600 million euros, 150 million euros as an equity contribution from Lufthansa and a further 150 million euros as state cover for damages. The remaining 300 million euros were guaranteed by the Republic of Austria as a loan through bank financing. The loan is to be repaid in half-yearly installments by 2026. The state aid package ensured Austrian Airlines’ continuance as a system-relevant partner at the Vienna hub and for the Austrian economy.






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Tuesday 19 October 2021

Premium Economy upgrade for Austrian Airlines


Starting next spring, even more, Austrian Airlines passengers will be able to fly long-haul flights in the Premium Economy Class booking category. The travel class, which was introduced in 2018, will be expanded on the domestic airline's entire Boeing 767 fleet from its current 18 to 30 seats per aircraft.

“As a genuinely Austrian airline, we carry 'Premium' in our hearts. With the expansion of the Premium Economy Class, we want to offer better travel comfort to even more passengers on long-haul routes,” says CCO Michael Trestl. “This travel class appeals to all those who want a bit more comfort and service on long-haul trips yet still want to fly on a price-conscious basis. This is how we want to make the travel experience for each passenger individually customizable and improved."


The conversion of the Austrian Boeing 767 fleet will be carried out in the first quarter of 2022. With the summer flight schedule of 2022, the three B767 aircraft that primarily serve destinations in North America will fly in the new cabin configuration. The heart of the Premium Economy Class is a seat specially made for the Lufthansa Group, which offers passengers more legroom and comfort on their journey compared to Economy Class. In addition, passengers in this travel class can check in two pieces of luggage, each weighing up to 23 kilograms, free of charge and enjoy a culinary high-class program with a three- to four-course menu on board.

The Premium Economy Class at a glance:

• Premium seat with a broader seat surface and generous seat spacing

• Footrest starting in the second row or leg support with integrated footrest in the first row

• Always a separate central armrest with fold-out table and cocktail table

• 12-inch screen with remote control for the in-flight entertainment system

• Own power outlet and USB port on the seat

• 2 x 23 kg free baggage

• Three to four course menu

• Welcome drink

• Amenity kit with useful travel accessories





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Monday 28 June 2021

Austrian Airlines expands digital Corona document verification

Just in time for the start of the summer holidays, Austrian Airlines is expanding the digital verification of corona-related travel documents. This service has been available for flights to Germany, Greece and Spain since April. The online document verification is now also available for Egypt, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine. Furthermore, the service can now be used not only for scheduled flights but also for Austrian Holidays flights.

Many countries currently require a valid negative Covid-19 test, an online entry declaration or a Passenger Locator Form to enter the country. In order to keep the time spent at the airport as short as possible, to enable a faster check-in and to give passengers the certainty that all entry requirements are met before they start their journey, the online document verification is the ideal solution for a relaxed and safe start to their holiday.

Saturday 10 April 2021

Austrian Airlines enables choice of sustainable fuel

• Passengers can now compensate their flights with sustainable fuel
• CO2 compensation also possible through support for climate protection projects
• “Sustainable fuel is the future of climate-neutral flying”, says Austrian Airlines CEO Alexis von Hoensbroech

Austrian Airlines passengers can now additionally select the use of sustainable fuel for their flight in the booking process. In doing so, they compensate for the CO2 emissions generated on their respective flight. The applied tool is called “Compensaid”, a development of Lufthansa Innovation Hub. It precisely calculates the amount of CO2 emitted and then offers a corresponding offset with sustainable fuel. Compared to conventional kerosene, sustainable fuel reduces CO2 emissions by up to 80 percent. It can also be fed into regular flight operations without infrastructure adjustments.

“The future of climate-neutral flying lies in sustainable fuel. We have been emphasizing this for a long time. Electromobility, for example, will not be an option for aviation for some time yet, as the necessary batteries would be too heavy to get a plane in the air”, says Austrian Airlines CEO Alexis von Hoensbroech. “I am therefore very pleased that with Compensaid we are now giving our passengers the opportunity to make their individual journey climate-friendly by using sustainable fuel.”

Monday 5 April 2021

Austrian Airlines launches flights to Zaporizhzhia

 Austrian Airlines launches flights to Zaporizhzhia

• City in Ukraine to be served three times a week from 17 May

• Kyiv, Lviv and Odesa complete the Ukraine programme in the summer




Austrian Airlines will fly to Zaporizhzhia in Ukraine from 17 May. The route is being offered for the first time and will be served three times a week with an Embraer E195. An increase to a daily connection is planned in the course of the summer. Austria's home carrier is thus strengthening its presence in Ukraine. In addition to Zaporizhzhia, the program already includes Kyiv, Lviv and Odesa. Today's announcement of the new route comes on a special day. On 1 April 1991, Austrian Airlines flew to Ukraine for the first time. The destination was Kyiv.

“We are pleased to announce the launch of Zaporizhzhia on today's 30th anniversary of our Ukraine connections”, says Austrian Airlines CCO Michael Trestl. “It not only strengthens our Ukraine offering, but also our traditionally strong network to Eastern Europe.”

Sunday 28 March 2021

Austrian Airlines launches flights to Cancun and opens up winter 2021 programme. Yet sends two more aircraft to storage and shrinks head office by four floors


• Vacation offensive in the cold season
• Mauritius, Maldives and Cape Town next winter again in the programme
• Chief Commercial Officer Michael Trestl: "Clear focus on long-haul travel in winter "

Austrian Airlines is already preparing for next winter with a comprehensive tourism offensive. From October 24, 2021, the Austrian home carrier will be taking off twice a week for Cancun in sunny Mexico. The last flight to this vacation destination was in 2006. Mauritius will also be reintroduced to the flight schedule next winter after a break due to Corona. Austrian Airlines will operate up to three flights a week to the sunny island in the Indian Ocean.

The number of flights to the Maldives will be increased by one additional flight per week next winter. Austrian Airlines will take off three times a week to the island's capital, Malé. Cape Town will also be back on the schedule with two flights a week. The Austrian carrier will operate a long-haul Boeing 777 aircraft to all four destinations.

Chief Commercial Officer Michael Trestl is optimistic about the future: "People are longing for vacations, long-distance travel and the sea. That's why we will be focusing on attractive long-haul destinations in the coming winter flight schedule to satisfy our passengers' desire to travel. I am confident that by then many people worldwide will have been vaccinated that travel will once again be possible without severe restrictions."

Friday 5 March 2021

Austrian Airlines says goodbye to the first Boeing 767

The first Boeing 767-300ER with the registration OE-LAT left Vienna yesterday for the USA. The aircraft flew to Bangor in the state of Maine, where customs clearance was handled, then on to its final destination: Pinal Airpark in Arizona. 

Before departure from Vienna, the plane was given a proper farewell. Austrian Airlines technical staff wrote greetings on the nose landing gear door of the aircraft. The Austrian Airlines crew, which is operating the transfer flight, also said “Servus” once again before takeoff.

The OE-LAT was delivered in 1991 and was in service with Lauda Air from December of that year. After the complete takeover of Lauda Air in 2004, the aircraft was integrated into the Austrian Airlines fleet. Since 1991, it has completed over 19,000 landings and around 133,000 flight hours. This corresponds to over 15 years in the air.

The OE-LAT is the first of three Boeing 767-300ERs to leave the Austrian Airlines fleet this year. The next transfer flight is scheduled for May with the OE-LAX. The OE-LAW will follow later this year. All three aircraft will go to the U.S. company MonoCoque Diversified Interests.




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Tuesday 16 February 2021

Lufthansa Group Airlines extend option for free rebooking

Since the end of August, all fares of Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings can be rebooked without a rebooking fee. Originally, this fare offer was valid for (re-)bookings until the end of February. Now the offer is being extended again: all airline fares can now be rebooked free of charge as often as desired up to May 31, 2021, if the rebooking is also made before that date. After that, another rebooking is possible free of charge.

Lufthansa Group Airlines had already made it possible for its customers to rebook their tickets without a fee last year. The waiver of the rebooking fee applies worldwide for all new bookings in all fares on short, medium and long-haul routes. This enables flexible travel planning for all Lufthansa Group Airlines customers.

However, additional costs may arise for rebookings if, for example, the original booking class is no longer available when rebooking to a different date or to a different destination.

Also, rebooking of tickets issued up to and including August 31, 2020, can now be done until May 31, 2021.

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Monday 9 November 2020

Austrian Airlines Launches Mandatory Covid-19 Tests



Joint project with Vienna and Hamburg airports
Negative test results required for flights between Vienna and Hamburg (OS171/OS172) starting on November 12, 2020
Rapid antigen test now mandatory and remains free of charge
Not a replacement for PCR tests and government-imposed travel regulations


On November 12, 2020, Austrian Airlines is starting a further testing phase on flights OS171 (Vienna-Hamburg) and OS172 (Hamburg-Vienna) in order to integrate Covid-19 rapid antigen tests in the travel chain. The first phase of the project is currently underway and will last until November 8, 2020. In this case, passengers are offered the possibility to undergo the tests on a voluntary basis. In the next step, tests will be obligatory for passengers and the crew on selected flights. This ensures that all persons on board have tested negative for Covid-19. The implementation of the free Covid-19 rapid antigen tests will take place in close cooperation with the Lufthansa Group as well as the respective airports in Vienna and Hamburg. After taking the test, passengers will receive their results within 10-15 minutes, either via SMS or, upon request, also after consulting medically trained staff. The boarding card is only activated if the test result is negative, enabling the passenger to gain entry to the security area and the gate. If the test result is positive, the affected passenger will be taken care of by the airport medical service in order to fully clarify the individual’s medical condition. Further steps will be specified with the responsible health authorities. In this case, the passenger will be able to rebook or cancel his or her Austrian Airlines flight at no cost.


Austrian Airlines COO Jens Ritter: “The objective is to make quarantine obligations obsolete in the medium term on the basis of a sophisticated testing strategy.”
Member of the Vienna Airport Executive Board, Julian Jäger: “Business and tourism need more freedom to travel – rapid antigen tests are a way out of the crisis”

Wednesday 14 October 2020

Reduced winter schedule for Austrian Airlines

• Winter 2020/2021: Production reduced to 30 percent of the prior-year level
• Short-time work at Austria’s red-white-red flag carrier will be expanded
• CFO Otto: “We are equipped to handle a second wave of the coronavirus, but the next summer will be decisive.”


The renewed global increase in COVID-19 infections has led Austrian Airlines to adapt its winter flight schedule. Within the context of an in-house event, the Austrian Airlines Executive Board informed airline employees today about current developments and plans for the 2020/21 winter season. Production (flight offering) in the winter flight schedule will not equal 50 percent of the previous year’s offering on average as originally intended, but only an average of 30 percent of the prior-year level as a result of the many travel restrictions which have been imposed. 

The liquidity situation of the airline is good and above target. Nevertheless, as CEO Alexis von Hoensbroech explains: “In the past few weeks it became increasingly clear that we would have to dress more warmly this winter than we thought. The new entry restrictions on the part of Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and many other countries have made it necessary for us to make adjustments to our offering. We are prepared for this.” He compares the current situation faced by Austrian Airlines with a ship. “Our objective is to maneuver our company through this ‘storm’ based on our combined efforts. We do not know how long this storm will last. For this reason, we have to make ourselves weatherproof and reduce the monthly outflow of funds as much as possible”, the Austrian Airlines CEO adds.

Austrian Airlines board has reappointed Alexis von Hoensbroech for another five years......



The Supervisory Board of Austrian Airlines AG has unanimously reappointed Alexis von Hoensbroech to serve as the CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Austria’s national airline for a period of five years lasting until 2026. Von Hoensbroech has been CEO of Austrian Airlines since August 2018. His current employment contract is valid until July 2021. In addition to Alexis von Hoensbroech, the extended Executive Board of Austrian Airlines consists of Andreas Otto and Jens Ritter.

“Together with his management team, Alexis von Hoensbroech has led Austrian Airlines through the coronavirus crisis with a steady hand. He has succeeded in building up a high level of trust with political decision makers and above all with the employees, and laid the foundation for a good restart“, says Christina Foerster, Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Austrian Airlines AG, commenting on the reappointment of Mr. von Hoensbroech.

Monday 3 August 2020

Austrian Airlines expands summer flight schedule

Last week the Austrian federal government announced that the landing bans for flights from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Montenegro, Egypt, Northern Macedonia, Romania, Serbia as well as Great Britain, Sweden and Ukraine all expired on 31st July. That decision now makes it possible to reintroduce these destinations into the flight program of Austrian Airlines.

The new entry regulation issued on Monday remains in force. Due to local entry regulations, Austrian Airlines last removed flights to Shanghai and Tel Aviv from its program for the month of August.

Flights to Bucharest, Chicago, Pristina and Sarajevo have resumed, from August 1, the Austrian home carrier started Belgrade, Cairo, Kiev, London, Podgorica, Sibiu, Skopje, Sofia, Stockholm, Tirana and Varna. The following frequencies are planned for the month of August.

Thursday 16 July 2020

Bans on arrivals from dozens of countries forces Austrian Airlines to cancel hundreds of flights

Austrian Ministry of Health orders new landing bans starting today 16 July 2020
Austrian Airlines has to cancel numerous flights up until 31 July 2020,
“We advocate a uniform and stable travel policy within the EU”, says CCO Andreas Otto
Photo Florian Schmidt


The Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection has massively expanded the list of landing bans for aircraft. Starting Thursday, 16 July 2020, no regular flights from the following countries, among others, will be permitted to land in Austria: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Egypt, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania and Serbia. The landing bans for aircraft from Great Britain, Sweden and Ukraine have been extended. The decree is valid until 31 July 2020.

Due to the official prohibition, Austrian Airlines is forced to cancel all flights between Vienna and the following destinations during the period 16-31 July 2020: Belgrade, Bucharest, Cairo, Kyiv, London, Podgorica, Pristina, Sarajevo, Sibiu, Skopje, Sofia, Stockholm, Tirana and Varna. The landing bans will also have an impact on the remaining route network of Austrian Airlines, due to the fact that the affected routes are frequented by many transfer passengers. These passengers will be missing, for example on flights to the USA.

Wednesday 15 July 2020

New Austrian Landing Bans Forces Austrian Airlines to Cancel Flights

Austrian Ministry of Health orders new landing bans starting 16 July 2020
Austrian Airlines has to cancel numerous flights up until 31 July 2020, above all to the Balkans
“We advocate a uniform and stable travel policy within the EU”, says CCO Andreas Otto
Photo Florian Schmidt


The Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection has massively expanded the list of landing bans for aircraft. Starting Thursday, 16 July 2020, no regular flights from the following countries, among others, will be permitted to land in Austria: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Egypt, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania and Serbia. The landing bans for aircraft from Great Britain, Sweden and the Ukraine have been extended. The decree is valid until 31 July 2020.

Due to the official prohibition, Austrian Airlines is forced to cancel all flights between Vienna and the following destinations during the period 16-31 July 2020: Belgrade, Bucharest, Cairo, Kyiv, London, Podgorica, Pristina, Sarajevo, Sibiu, Skopje, Sofia, Stockholm, Tirana and Varna. The landing bans will also have an impact on the remaining route network of Austrian Airlines, due to the fact that the affected routes are frequented by many transfer passengers. These passengers will be missing, for example on flights to the USA.

Friday 26 June 2020

Ryanair goes head to head with Austrian Airlines when it opens 64 routes to/from Vienna from 1st July

Photo Ryanair
Ryanair, Europe's biggest the low-fare-high-fee carrier has confirmed it will launch a price war against Austrian Airlines this summer when it introduces 64 routes to and from Vienna. 

The airline has rushed forward in the wake of news that Lufthansa's shareholders have agreed to the terms the German Government offered on a bailout deal, to say it will now operate the around 64 routes from Viena. 

The new schedule will include over 25 summer destination including Faro, Malaga, Malta, Rome, Naples & Palma, 20 city destinations including Dublin, Milan, Madrid, Lisbon & Warsaw. Ryanair will also operate 2 routes to/from Salzburg and 1 route to/from Klagenfurt.

In such a rush move, Ryanair has been forced to bring back Lauda aircraft,  on a wet-lease basis to operate the flight schedule in the short term. 

Austrian Airlines boss welcomes news of Lufthansa shareholders vote

Dr Andreas Otto,  Chief Commercial Officer of Austrian Airlines welcomed the news regarding the shareholders of Lufthansa approving the bailout deal put forward by the Federal Government of Germany, worth more than €9 billion.  

In a letter to customers, Otto detailed how the Austrian bailout out was contingent on the Lufthansa one being agreed. Now that is has,  the Vienna based carrier will be able to rapidly to increase its current schedule. 

Andreas Otto, pictured left, wrote: "June 8, 2020 was a historic day for Austrian Airlines: Together with the Austrian state, our owner Lufthansa and with the help of our business partners and employees, a package of measures was agreed upon to ensure the continued existence of Austrian Airlines and enable us to fly again from 15 June.

However, our package is also dependent on state aid for Lufthansa in Germany, the approval of all committees and the approval of the EU Commission.