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

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.

Top winter destination 2012: Mayrhofen

Mayrhofen in Austria makes a wonderful choice for your 2012 ski holiday as it has a perfect balance of traditional Austrian buildings and cuisine.

But venture out at night and you’ll find the liveliest après ski scene in the region, with an abundance of bars and clubs for you to enjoy yourself after a long day on the slopes.

If however, you are wishing to avoid the après ski hype, this versatile place is still perfect for you as the bars are present but not dominating and if a nice meal and a bottle of wine is more your thing this Tyrolean town is more than happy to oblige with the abundance of fine eateries in the town.

There are three main ski areas for you to explore including the Hintertux glacier which guarantees somewhere to ski all year round.

There are plenty of pistes perfect for beginners but also enough to satisfy the intermediates and for the experts among you what a treat; if you think you can handle it you can test your skills on the famous Harikri run which at a 78% gradient is the steepest piste in Austria and translates as ‘suicide’ in Japanese!

Mayrhofen has been the first choice for skiers and boarders for years due to the endless pistes, Austrian charm and in some bars in the high street you can buy a pint for €2 but there is also plenty to do for non-skiers as well. Think horse drawn sleigh rides, tobogganing, ice skating and there are plenty spa facilities, for those who fancy a bit of pampering.

No matter what your age, the charming Austrian resort of Mayrhofen has something offer for everyone and will make the perfect choice for your 2012 ski holiday.

Article by Lauren Probert