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.

Dublin Airport announces new Vienna service by Laudamotion as traffic soars

Dublin Airport has announced that Laudamotion will launch a new service from Dublin to Vienna.

The Austrian airline will operate its year-round, daily service with an Airbus A320 aircraft. Laudamotion is an Austrian low-cost carrier focussing on European city shuttle routes from Vienna, and is part owned by former Formula 1 racing driver Niki Lauda.

Vincent Harrison, Managing Director of Dublin Airport, said, ‘Laudamotion is Dublin Airport’s fifth new airline customer this year and we are delighted to welcome it to Dublin and Ireland. Vienna is a beautiful city that is rich in culture and history and I have no doubt it will be a very popular destination. We wish Laudamotion every success with its new route and we will work closely with its management team to promote this new service.’

Laudamotion’s Managing Director Andreas Gruber said, ‘Laudamotion’s new route between Dublin and Vienna will increase the connectivity between the Ireland and the Austrian capital significantly. The new connection supports the economy as well as offers the opportunity to visit Vienna for reasonable prices. We offer our passengers a customer-oriented tariff concept with an unbeatable price-performance ratio and we are very happy to offer our flights from now on also from Dublin.’

In September 2018, more than 2.9 million passengers passed through Dublin Airport, a seven percent increase on last year, one of the busiest Septembers in the airport’s 78-year history. During the month, passengers travelling to and from continental Europe increased by eight percent as almost 1.6 million passengers travelled to and from European destinations. Nearly 821,000 passengers travelled to and from UK destinations in September, which was a one percent increase over the same period last year. Transatlantic traffic to North America increased by 13 percent in September, as almost 426,000 passengers travelled on this route sector last month.

Meanwhile, the number of passengers in domestic flights has increased by 24 percent, with more than 9,300 people travelling on domestic routes last month.

Dublin Airport has flights to almost 190 destinations in 43 countries, operated by 56 airlines.

Laudamotion launches new Dublin-Vienna service for winter 2018

Dublin Airport has said that Austrian airline Laudamotion is planning to launch a new direct service from Dublin to Vienna for winter this year.

The Austrian airline will operate the new service from October 28, 2018 using an Airbus A320 aircraft. Laudamotion is an Austrian low-cost carrier focussing on European city shuttle routes from Vienna, and is part owned by former Formula 1 racing driver Niki Lauda.

‘Laudamotion will be our fifth new airline customer to Dublin Airport this year and we look forward to welcoming its new service,’ said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison. ‘Vienna is a beautiful city filled with culture and history and I have no doubt it will be a popular destination. We will work closely with Laudamotion to promote the new service,’ he added.

Commenting on its new route announcement, Laudamotion chief executive, Niki Lauda said, ‘We are offering price-conscious customers exactly what they want with our city shuttle routes. I am certain that the interest will be high with our attractive fares on our new Dublin to Vienna service.’

Earlier this year Ryanair agreed to buy an initial 24.9 percent in Laudamotion, and this will rise to a 75 percent stake, subject to EU regulatory approval.

This summer season Dublin Airport will serve 195 destinations in 42 countries, operated by 56 airlines. More than 8.7 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport in the first quarter of this year, a four percent increase compared to the same period last year, the airport said.

The airport also said that Irish retailer Avoca has opened its first ever travel retail store at Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2. Set up through a partnership between The Loop at Dublin Airport and Avoca, the new store will deliver Irish retail offerings to passengers. It aims to replicate core elements of the Avoca brand experience at Dublin Airport, while introducing a selection of Irish-made products including ceramics, throws, craft fashion and a selection of food items.

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’.

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.