Austrian Airlines launches new route to Vienna from Birmingham Airport

Austrian Airlines, part of the Lufthansa Group, has announced new direct scheduled services to the Austrian capital of Vienna and onward connections across Asia and Europe.

The new service offers further choice of connections for passengers travelling to Asia, particularly those looking for services to Beijing and Tokyo. Launched on January 1, the winter schedule operates four-weekly service on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. From the summer, this will increase to a daily schedule.

Referred to as the ‘City of Music,’ Vienna is home to rich imperial architecture, its museums and coffee shops. The city is a favourite of both summer and winter tourists, with the winter markets taking place in November through to December, along with temperatures in summer months ranging in the 20 degrees.

Tom Screen, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Austrian Airlines first flight to Vienna. With services initially operating four times a week Austrian Airlines will then grow to daily flights by summer 2020 and we look forward to welcoming yet another Star Alliance carrier to Birmingham Airport which will provide more choice to onward destinations across Asia and Eastern Europe.’

Andreas Otto, Chief Commercial Officer at Austrian Airlines, said: ‘We are very pleased about the launch of our Birmingham-Vienna route. Passengers will benefit from a closer connection to our hub and an increased number of flights.’

The Austrian Airlines service, which will replace the current point to point Eurowings flights, will be operated using an Embraer 195 aircraft.

The flights will depart from Vienna at 11:05 hours, arriving at Birmingham Airport at 12:30 hours. Flights will then depart from Birmingham Airport at 13:15 hours, arriving in to Vienna at 16:35 hours.

Lauda starts new route from Birmingham to Vienna

Lauda, one of Austria’s low-cost airlines, has launched a new direct connection from Birmingham to Vienna, Birmingham Airport has said.

On Tuesday, October 29, the Lauda Airbus A320 took off for the first time from Birmingham to the Austrian capital. Lauda will offer three weekly connections from Birmingham to Vienna.

Vienna was named the most livable city on the planet for the tenth time consecutively. The new service offers travellers a chance to discover Vienna’s world-renowned art, culture and culinary delights. The Schonbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral or one of the numerous exhibitions by national and international artists are among the key attractions.

From the middle of November, until late December, Vienna is a sought after destination for holidaymakers to celebrate Christmas as numerous markets pop up across the city. The city also offers a quiet relaxing weekend break for holidaymakers looking to explore the charm of the historical city.

Lauda CEO Andreas Gruber said: ‘We are delighted to offer our passengers a new non-stop service from Birmingham to my hometown Vienna and expand our route network. Lauda allows passengers to explore the most livable city in the world for an unbeatable price.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport said: ‘Adding Lauda to our existing airline offering is just fantastic. It was great to welcome passengers flying with the airline for the very first time from Birmingham to the popular destination of Vienna on Tuesday evening. We hope to see many more passengers take advantage of the route with Lauda and look forward to our future with the airline, known as the cleanest airline group in Europe.’

Austrian Airlines launches new route from Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport has said that Austrian Airlines is planning to launch direct scheduled services to the Austrian capital of Vienna, and onward connections across Asia and Europe.

Starting from January 1, 2020, the new service will enhance the choice of connections for passengers travelling to Asia, particularly those looking for services to Beijing and Tokyo. Austrian Airlines will also provide greater onward connectivity to many capital cities such as Budapest, Sofia and Zagreb, plus regional connections to Graz, Innsbruck and Klagenfurt.

Known as the ‘City of Music’, Vienna is home to rich imperial architecture, a vast range of museums and coffee shops. The city has much to offer those travelling in both the summer and winter, with the winter markets taking place in November through to December.

During the winter season, Austrian Airlines will operate a four-weekly service on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. From summer 2020, this will increase to a daily schedule. The flights will depart from Vienna at 11:05, arriving at Birmingham Airport at 12:30. Flights will then depart from Birmingham Airport at 13:15, arriving at Vienna at 16:35.

Tom Screen, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘It’s great news that Austrian Airlines will become our newest carrier in January with services to Vienna, Austrian’s beautiful capital city. With services initially operating four times weekly, the carrier will grow to daily flights by the summer 2020 and we look forward to welcoming yet another Star Alliance carrier to Birmingham Airport which will provide more choice to onward destinations across Asia and Eastern Europe.’

Andreas Otto, Chief Commercial Officer at Austrian Airlines, said: ‘We will remain number one in Austria – in five, six or ten years’ time. Austrian Airlines will coordinate the flights from the Vienna hub, while Eurowings will handle the decentralised traffic. We will connect high-demand routes such as Birmingham more closely to our hub and increase the frequency of flights.’

The Austrian Airlines service will replace the current Eurowings flights, and will be operated by an Embraer 195 aircraft with a capacity of up to 120 seats. The aircraft is equipped with eight business class seats, and 112 economy seats.

Austrian Airlines is part of the Lufthansa Group, which is part of the wider Star Alliance group, and joins six Star Alliance airlines already operating from Birmingham Airport, including Lufthansa, Air India, Brussels Airlines, SAS, SWISS and Turkish Airlines.

Bmi regional to launch new route to Graz from Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport has announced that bmi regional has returned to the airport with the launch of its new flight to Graz, Austria.

Graz will be bmi regional’s first destination in Austria. The new route is also the only direct flight from the UK to Graz, exclusive to bmi regional and Birmingham Airport. The launch is part of bmi regional’s growth strategy to provide connectivity between key regional business destinations in Europe.

Austria’s second largest city situated on the River Mur, Graz was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites in 1999, and its key attractions include Projekt Spielberg – Red Bull’s home of motorsports and the venue of Austria’s F1 race, MotoGP and DTM; Steirische Weinstrasse – a wine region which is also known as the Austrian Tuscany; hermenregion: a spa area home to nine thermal spas, each offering their own unique take on the healing thermal waters of the area and Golf: Graz is home to 10 courses including six 18 hole courses, one of them a championship course.

Graz is also a gateway to some of Austria’s best ski resorts, including Schladming and the Dachstein region.

The twice weekly service will operate on Mondays and Fridays initially before increasing to four times weekly from next month. Fares on the route start from £99 one way.

Jochen Schnadt, Chief Commercial Officer for bmi regional said: ‘With this new connection between Graz and Birmingham, we are continuing to pursue our strategy of developing tailor-made products for business and leisure travel. We’re optimistic that the implementation of this link between Graz and Birmingham will be a success for our customers and stakeholders alike.’

Tom Screen, Head of Aviation Development at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We’re delighted with the launch of bmi’s Graz route today. With Birmingham being the only UK airport offering flights to Graz, we are filling a gap in the market for business and leisure travellers alike to take advantage of a city break in this vibrant destination. Furthermore we’re excited to welcome bmi regional back to Birmingham and look forward to our passengers enjoying the airline’s excellent service, efficiency and value.’

In addition to Graz, bmi regional will be launching two more routes from Birmingham Airport. The airline will commence services to Gothenburg and Nuremburg from May 2017, the airport said. All fares include complimentary in-flight drinks and snacks, 23kg of hold luggage, allocated seating and speedy 30 minute check-ins.

Germany’s Eurowings to launch Vienna service from Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport has announced the launch of new service to Vienna operated by German low-cost carrier, Eurowings, commencing March 26, 2017.

The home city of Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud, Vienna is located in the east of Austria on the Danube River. Austria’s cultural and political centre, Vienna’s attractions include several imperial buildings as well as museums showcasing works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt as well as other artists.

Eurowings’ new six times weekly flight service will arrive Birmingham from Vienna at 1845 hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and depart Birmingham at 1930. On Tuesdays, the flight will arrive from Vienna at 1905 and depart Birmingham at 1945 hours; and on Sundays, the flight will arrive from Vienna at 1430 and depart Birmingham at 1510 hours. All services will be operated using an A320 aircraft with 180 seats.

The new service to Austria’s capital city is in addition to Eurowings’ current programme to Dusseldorf and Hamburg. Headquartered in Cologne, Eurowings is part of the Lufthansa Group.

William Pearson, Aviation Director for Birmingham Airport, said: ‘Eurowings is an important partner of Birmingham Airport as it already serves two routes to Dusseldorf and Hamburg which are hugely important to the Midlands Engine and the region’s leisure market.

‘We’re therefore very pleased that the airline will be launching a brand new route from Birmingham to Vienna this summer and I’m sure that it will be welcomed by customers looking for somewhere exciting to explore for leisure, as well as offering a convenient schedule for passengers travelling on business.’

‘We are pleased to announce a new Birmingham link to Vienna’, said Ivan Orec, Manager Network Development & Airport Relations for Eurowings. ‘The new route will operate six times a week from the end of March 2017, in addition to our 18 weekly services to Dusseldorf and three weekly services to Hamburg. We will continue to grow our network and to bring more passengers through Birmingham Airport’.

bmi regional announces three new European routes from Birmingham Airport

bmi regional has announced three new destinations – Graz, Austria; Nuremburg, Germany; and Gothenburg, Sweden – from Birmingham starting early 2017 as the European regional airline plans to launch a new base at Birmingham Airport.

Featured in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites, Graz lies on the River Mur and will be bmi regional’s first destination in Austria. Besides being a cultural hotspot, Graz also presents key attractions for motorsports and golf enthusiasts.

bmi regional’s seventh destination in Germany, the Bavarian city of Nuremberg is the second largest city in the region after Munich. Nuremberg has vast arts and culture sites for tourists and features a host of museums dedicated to design, painting and modern art.

With its diverse culture and vibrant nightlife, Gothenburg is a popular mini break destination. Just two hours’ flying time from Birmingham, Gothenburg will be bmi regional’s fourth destination in Sweden.

The Graz flight will commence on February 27, 2017, initially with a twice weekly service on Mondays and Fridays, increasing to four times weekly in March. Fares will start from  £99.00 one way. The Nuremberg and Gothenburg routes will start on May 8, 2017, with six return flights per week. Fares start from £79.00 one way and £89.00 one way respectively.

Commenting on the new routes, Jochen Schnadt, Chief Commercial Officer from bmi regional, said: ‘bmi regional has always offered customers an array of up and coming destinations to explore and enjoy, and we anticipate all three routes to be popular. Given the many issues we are facing in different parts of Europe and the world these days, many people are looking for new experiences in more familiar regions and our new destinations have an abundance of interesting and exciting experiences to offer to customers. We’re also happy to once again be bringing the bmi regional level of quality, convenience, service and professionalism to travellers from the Midlands.’

William Pearson, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport said: ‘It is great news that bmi regional will be offering flights to Nuremberg, Gothenburg and Graz this year. All three routes are currently un-served from Birmingham, so we thank bmi regional for filling these gaps and offering leisure travellers the chance to visit these vibrant city break destinations in Sweden, Austria and Germany with an airline that offers excellent service, efficiency and value.’

The fares include complimentary in-flight drinks and snacks, 23kg of hold luggage, allocated seating and 30 minute check-ins. Flights on all-routes are available for booking at www.flybmi.com.

British Airways announces new service to Innsbruck

British Airways has announced plans to offer skiers and other holidaymakers a chance to enjoy Austria with flights to Innsbruck from Heathrow starting on December 4.

The airline will operate a four-times-a-week service from Heathrow to Innsbruck during winter and twice-per-week during the summer season, with return fares starting from £88 in Euro Traveller and £338 in Club Europe. With the new service, skiers will now be able to fly to Innsbruck – the former Winter Olympic city – from two UK airports. The airline already operates direct flights from Gatwick to the Tyrolean capital, it said.

Neil Cottrell, British Airways’ head of planning, said: ‘We’ve launched 15 new routes already this year but now it’s time to turn our attention to the ski season.

‘We are sure the new route from Heathrow to Innsbruck will prove popular with those looking to hit the slopes this winter as it offers ideal access to some of the very best ski resorts in Europe, including Mayrhofen, Alpbach and Niederau.

‘Innsbruck is also a popular tourist destination for non-skiers and the service will launch just in time for the picture-perfect Christmas markets.’

During winter, starting December 4, the Innsbruck service from Heathrow will operate on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The winter-only Innsbruck service from Gatwick operates on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. During summer, starting March 29, 2017 the Innsbruck service from Heathrow will operate on Saturdays and Wednesdays.

Flights will depart from Terminal 5 and the route will be served by a two-class cabin A320 aircraft. Customers choosing a ‘Plus’ or ‘Plus Flex’ fare can check their ski equipment in for free as part of their 23kg baggage allowance, as well as the hand luggage allowance of one cabin bag and a handbag or laptop bag per person. 

The other routes launched by British Airways this year include San Jose in California, Palermo, Biarritz and Kalamata from Heathrow and San Jose in Costa Rica, Lima and JFK from Gatwick. Flights to Cape Town from Gatwick will operate from November 24 and services to Santiago from Heathrow will start from January 3, 2017, the airline said.

easyJet to operate new flights from Bristol to Vienna and Basel

easyJet, one of the UK’s leading airlines, has announced the introduction of two new routes from Bristol Airport to Vienna in Austria and Basel in Switzerland, as part of efforts to enhance inbound tourism for the South West, the airport said in a release.

The two new services are expected to carry around 78,000 passengers annually, and take the total number of destinations served by easyJet from Bristol to 55. The two new routes, set to start in November, are available for booking at www.easyjet.com.

With prices starting from £23.49 one-way, Bristol to Basel is a year-round service flying four times a week from November 6 2015. Bristol to Vienna is a year-round service flying twice a week, also from November 6, 2015 with prices starting from £23.99 one-way. The prices are based on two people travelling on the same booking.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager, said: ‘These two new destinations are a fantastic addition to our offering from Bristol Airport and further highlight our commitment to serving the South West.

‘We’re proud to be Bristol’s largest airline and are confident that our ever-growing range of routes will prove popular with passengers and help to further enhance inbound tourism for the city.’

Shaun Browne, Aviation Director, Bristol Airport, said: ‘We’re delighted that easyJet has added Basel and Vienna to their network of over 50 destinations served from Bristol Airport.

‘Basel’s unique location on the Swiss, French and German borders makes it ideal gateway to a wide range of business and leisure destinations. Like the South West & Wales, the region is home to thriving banking, insurance and hi-tech sectors, so this new link will provide the business community with more convenient flights direct from their local airport.

‘The addition of Vienna links Bristol to yet another Capital city, taking the total number of European capitals served to 16. As one of the top ten most visited cities in Europe, this new year-round service will be a fantastic addition to easyJet’s growing network from Bristol Airport.’

Since the start of 2015, easyJet has launched flights to seven other new destinations, including Bilbao, Catania, Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Lanzarote, Porto and Zante. The airline also added a twelfth aircraft to its Bristol base this summer to accommodate the extra demand.

Austrian Airlines to launch flight service to Manchester

Austrian Airlines, Austria’s leading airline, has recently said that it will add a new destination to its route network this year.

Accordingly, starting September 10, 2015, the airline will operate a new service to Manchester. In addition to the existing 28 weekly flights to London, the additional frequencies to Manchester by up to seven times per week will strengthen connections in both directions as well as within the Austrian Airlines network.

Manchester is one of the most frequently visited British cities. The new flight service will enable local flight traffic to connect Vienna with the city. In addition, Austrian Airlines also offers transfer connections to the federal provinces of Austria as well as to Central and Eastern Europe.

With Manchester and London, Austria’s national carrier offers direct flight service to British destinations up to five times daily.

Austrian Airlines is a part of the Lufthansa Group, and operates a global route network of approximately 130 destinations in 58 countries, being particularly focussed on Central and Eastern Europe with 40 destinations.

The airline said earlier in the year that it is increasingly focused on tourist destinations in 2015. It has added new destinations, such as Menorca starting in June 2015, with plans to add Miami and Mauritius as of October 2015. Starting March this year, Austrian also started operating flights to Odessa, another destination in its focus market of Eastern Europe.

For Manchester, the airline will operate a Fokker aircraft. The airline has also announced plans to renew its fleet with the purchase of 17 Embraer 195, with the first commercial flight set to take place in January 2016.

 

WESTbus speeds up Euro service

Austria-based WESTbus has announced that it is expanding the routes that it offers to allow road passengers to travel to Berlin via Dresden in just nine hours.

The company said that the new service would allow customers to absorb local culture along the way, as travelling by road offered a more interactive experience. The service is also expected to enhance business ties between the locations.

Paul Blaguss from WESTbus, said, ‘No other metropolis is so inviting for shopping, culture and flair in summer. We are happy to announce we now offer an adult ticket to Berlin for just €55 each way. The new combi tickets for WESTbahn and WESTbus are particularly customer friendly. It is completely easy to use and easy to find the right combination.’

The firm also said that soon more services would be introduced to Bratislava. Services to Bratislava will operate 13 times a day, which is effectively an increase of two routes per day. In addition, the company is planning to add a new route from Salzburg to Prague, which runs twice daily and costs €29 for adults.

Children aged between 6 and 14 only need to pay EUR2. Those under 6 years of age can travel for free. Combination tickets, which include return travel, can also be booked, and all tickets can be booked online at www.westbus.at

WESTbus currently operates between Klagenfurt, Vienna, Graz, Linz, St Michael, Budapest, Prague, Budweis, Bratislava, Zagreb, Dresden and Berlin. The buses that the company operate have free wireless Internet as well as 15 plug sockets. Other on-board comforts include ample legroom and comfortable seats.