Austrian Airlines will significantly expand its European route network in the upcoming winter flight schedule 2018/19. More than 40 additional flights each week will be operated to 14 destinations starting at the end of October 2018. This includes German cities such as Berlin, Dusseldorf and Hamburg as well as other destinations such as Copenhagen, Kiev, Athens and Krakow. These frequency increases will be made possible on the basis of enhanced efficiency in the route network. “Alongside the European flights we are increasing our frequencies to North America as well”, explains Austrian Airlines CCO Andreas Otto. “As a result we are strengthening Vienna as hub for our flights.”
More flights to Germany, Denmark and Greece
As of the end of October 2018, Austrian Airlines will operate up to 48 weekly flights to Berlin-Tegel and 36 flights to Dusseldorf, an increase of seven flights per week in each case compared to the winter of 2017/18. Austrian Airlines will fly up to 29 times each week to Hamburg, or three additional flights in the upcoming winter flight schedule. On balance, Austria’s flag carrier will offer up to 17 more weekly flights to Germany or a total of up to 238 flight connections each week from Vienna to Germany.
Denmark’s capital city is also included in the drive to expand frequencies in Europe. Austrian Airlines will fly up to 30 times per week to Copenhagen starting at the end of October 2018, an increase of four flights compared to the last winter flight schedule.As of the end of October 2018, the number of weekly flights offered to Athens will be raised by four, from six to ten times each week. Daily flights will be operated to Thessaloniki, which is three times more often than in the 2017/18 winter flight schedule.
Strengthening of Eastern European core market
Eastern Europe will remain an important market for Austrian Airlines. Kiev will be served up to 16 times per week in the upcoming winter flight schedule, which is five times more often than in the previous winter. All in all, Austrian Airlines will offer up to 30 weekly flight connections to destinations in Ukraine as of the end of October 2018. This not only encompasses the capital city of Kiev but also Dnipro, Lviv and Odessa.
One additional weekly flight will be operated to each of the destinations of Košice, Budapest, Belgrade and Sarajevo for a total of up to 63 flights per week. Austrian Airlines will offer flights to Warsaw and Krakow in Poland and increase its weekly offering to Krakow by two flights to make a total of up to thirteen times per week. Up to 18 weekly flights will be operated to Warsaw.
Romania is represented with three destinations in the Austrian Airlines 2018/9 winter flight schedule. Bucharest, Iasi and Sibiu will be served up to 41 times per week altogether.
Bulgaria will also continue to be an integral part of the Austrian Airlines flight schedule with two destinations. Up to 29 weekly flights will be operated to the capital city of Sofia, and daily flight service will be offered to the coastal town of Varna. As a result, Austrian Airlines aircraft will take off for Bulgarian destinations up to 36 times each week starting with the coming winter season.
Increased frequencies to North America and Tel Aviv
In addition to inaugurating flight service to the traditional holiday destination of Cape Town, Austrian Airlines is also expanding its long-haul flight service to North America effective at the start of the winter flight schedule 2018/19. As of the end of October 2018, up to thirteen flights will be operated to New York each week, a rise of six weekly flights compared to the last winter flight schedule. Furthermore, Austrian Airlines will operate daily flights to Chicago, comprising two more weekly flight connections compared to the winter flight schedule 2017/18. One additional flight will be offered each week to Toronto, pushing the weekly total to five flights. On balance, Austria’s national carrier will operate up to 30 flights to North American destinations in the upcoming winter flight schedule 2018/19.
Austrian Airlines is also increasing frequencies to Tel Aviv in addition to raising the number of flights to North America. Passengers who want to travel between North America and Israel via the flight hub of Vienna Airport can choose from up to 21 weekly flight connections to Tel Aviv starting at the end of October 2018, or more than double the number of Austrian Airlines flights compared to the last winter flight schedule.