• Currently six weekly flights from Linz to Vienna and seven direct connections daily with AIRail
• Four additional flights each week between Linz and Vienna starting June 2015
• A total of 59 weekly connections to be offered linking Linz and Vienna
Starting on June 1, 2015, Austrian Airlines will offer four additional afternoon flights each week between Linz and Vienna along with the existing six weekly flights and seven direct connections each day with AIRail. Thus the red-white-red airline is expanding its offering between the Upper Austrian capital and its hub at Vienna Airport to a total of 59 connections per week. In addition to the flight connections, the successful cooperation with the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) called AIRail will be continued. As planned, eight additional daily connections will be offered as of December 2015. Austrian Airlines will continue to operate flights up to twice daily from Linz to Dusseldorf.
“We are also offering afternoon flights to our passengers now along with the existing morning flight from Linz to Vienna and evening flight from Vienna to Linz complemented by the AIRail service”, says Andreas Otto, COO of Austrian Airlines. “It remains difficult to achieve profitability on the Linz route, especially due to burden of the ticket tax. The decisive reason for our decision to expand service is the commitment on the part of Linz Airport and the Tourist Board to intensify their efforts to increase passenger volume. We can only provide an optimal transport offering to people in Upper Austria if we pull in the same direction”.
Gerhard Kunesch, Director of Linz Airport, adds; “We are pleased that Austrian Airlines is increasing flight frequencies to Vienna. This is not only because it enhances flexibility for our joint customers. Within the context of optimizing service on this route, Austrian Airlines is deploying an aircraft with 76 seats, thus increasing weekly capacity between Linz and Vienna by 600 seats.”
Josef Pühringer, Provincial Governor of Upper Austria, declared: “I have always emphasized the necessity to offer good connections to the Austrian Airlines flight hub in Vienna. For this reason, the decision of Austrian Airlines to expand frequencies to Vienna is good news for the economy and industry in our federal province.”
Manfred Grubauer, Chairman of the Linz Tourist Board, concludes: “The connection to Vienna is strongly used by business travelers, and is thus subject to some seasonality. We see the potential to fill unused capacities with tourist traffic, and thus bring about a win-win situation for everyone involved”.