Austrian Airlines is planning its Summer 2021 operations, with the emphasis on tourist routes for the season, as it rebuilds its network.
The airline is planning to resume more than 20 destinations will be resumed for the summer flight program. On its short-haul network, the following have been identified:
- Barcelona (Spain)
- Dubrovnik (Croatia)
- Florence (Italy)
- Gothenburg (Sweden)
- Kosice (Slovakia)
- Krakow (Poland)
- Lviv (Ukraine)
- Odessa (Ukraine)
- Oslo (Norway)
There will also be movement on the airlines’ intercontinental route network with the following rejoining the network:
- Amman (Jordan)
- Bangkok (Thailand)
- Chicago (United States of America)
- Tokyo (Japan)
Austrian Airlines will take over flying to Hanover again – the first time it has done so since 2009. This route was previously operated by Eurowings. The route will operate twice a week from 25th March onwards, with the frequency will be continuously increased until summer. From July, two connections will be offered daily.
Austrian is anticipating increased demand for vacation travel and is therefore focusing on tourist destination too, with the airline focusing on Greece and Cyprus. The airline also hopes to add destinations in Italy, Spain, and Turkey
In terms of the summer, the airline has earmarked the following for schedule increases:
- Up to 10 flights a week to Heraklion (Crete)
- Up to 16 to Larnaca (Cyprus)
- Palma de Mallorca (Spain)
- Ibiza (Spain)
- Rhodes (Greece)
- Mykonos (Greece)
- Kos (Greece)
- Catania (Italy)
- The Canary Islands (Spain)
Austrian Airlines CCO Michael Trestl said :
“We are expecting increased demand in the tourism sector in summer and are therefore increasing our offer to vacation destinations by up to 20 percent from July”
“The booking phase for the 2021 vacation season is currently underway. With our expanded flight schedule, we want to create an attractive vacation offer for all Austrians. Of course, further development is highly dependent on the progress of the pandemic and the associated travel policies.”
The hope of a summer season
With airlines suffering, the hope of immunisation is driving the hope of a summer season to make money in – whilst they can.
A lot of this will be down to movement and rule, as well as risks that countries want to take in letting other nationals into their territories, as well as COVID risks and management.
And governments could well play their hands deeply this summer depending on the number of cases.
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