Monday 28 September 2015

AUSTRIA: Austrian Airlines Flys Into Manchester

Austrian Airlines commenced services between Vienna and Manchester on 10 September. Pictured celebrating the launch by conducting the ribbon cutting in Manchester are: Stephen Turner, Commercial Director for Manchester Airport; Stephanie Sadjak, from the Austrian Tourist Board; Christoph Weidinger, from the Austrian Embassy; and Christian Schindler, Lufthansa Group Regional Director for the UK, Ireland & Iceland, along with the crew and VIP guests, all of whom greeted the aircraft with a Viennese waltz to mark the launch of the new service.

Austrian Airlines commenced operations between Vienna (VIE) and Manchester (MAN) on 10 September. The 1,442-kilometre sector will operate with a daily service, and is flown using the Star Alliance member’s F100s.

The city pair will face direct competition from which operates a six times weekly frequency according to OAG Schedules Analyser data.

Commenting on the launch, Stephen Turner, Commercial Director for Manchester Airport, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Austrian Airlines to Manchester. Vienna is a popular business and leisure destination for the 22 million people within the airport’s catchment area.

This new service will provide our passengers with additional choice for those looking to visit the Austrian capital, as well as the opportunity to connect onto Austrian’s extensive route network.”

It is worth noting that easyJet will become the third carrier on the airport pair in W15/16, with the LCC planning to introduce services between the two cities on 5 November.

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