With the forthcoming introduction of the winter schedule on 28 October 2007, Austrian Airlines is once again placing a strong accent on the expansion of its successful Focus East strategy.By making frequency increases to no fewer than eight cities in Eastern Europe, the Austrian national carrier is underlining its leading role and strong market presence in Central and Eastern Europe and setting the benchmark for connections to eastern economic centres of genuine quality.
Chief Executive Officer Alfred ?-tsch made the following statement: ‘High flight frequency is decisive in modern journey planning, especially for business travellers. Now that we have increased the number of connecting flights we offer, however, those unexpected meetings lasting extended periods no longer need be a problem. Tourists will also benefit from this greater flexibility, and can now begin their journey at a time that suits them. We currently offer passengers 45 destinations and almost 600 flights a week to Central and Eastern Europe. In addition to this, passengers can enjoy the very best service on the ground and on board our aircraft, top catering by Do & Co, benefit from the Miles & More frequent flyer programme - and all at an extremely attractive price-performance ratio.’
Up to five times a day to Bucharest, ten times a week to Sibiu
Austrian scheduled connections to Bucharest are to increase from the current total of two to as many as three flights a day from 1 October onwards. The additional two codeshare connections currently being operated by TAROM will continue unchanged. As a result, Vienna will be connected to the European Union’s sixth-largest city by five flights a day. From the beginning of the winter schedule onwards, flights to Sibiu, European Cultural Capital for 2007, will operate on a daily basis instead of only six times a week, as is the case at present. The winter schedule will also see three codeshare frequencies a week operated together with TAROM. As a result, Austrian Airlines will operate ten attractive connecting flights a week to Sibiu.
Attractive extra early morning flights to Sofia every day
The increase in the number of early morning flights, which has been in place since 7 September, has already been well-received by passengers. With early morning connections heading in both directions between Vienna and Sofia from Monday to Friday, the connections between the Austrian capital and the political, economic and cultural centre of Bulgaria are now extremely attractive. When the codeshare flights operated by Bulgaria Air are taken into consideration, passengers can now fly to Sofia up to five times a day. The schedules of both airlines involved in the cooperation have been specially harmonised with one another, with needs of passengers as the top priority.
Up to four times a day to Serbian capital of Belgrade
From 28 October 2007, Austrian will offer even better availability on its route to Belgrade by strengthening its early morning services. Belgrade, one of the oldest cities in Europe, is now connected to the Austrian hub of Vienna up to four times a day when the partnership connection operated by JAT Airways is taken into account.
Journey to Montenegro, the world’s youngest sovereign state
Unlike in the past, the number of flights to Podgorica in Montenegro will not now be reduced in the winter. Whereas scheduled traffic was limited to three flights a week last winter, the coming winter season will maintain the frequency of five flights a week, as originally introduced in the 2007 summer schedule. Montenegro Airlines will also continue to operate its weekly flight. By means of a codeshare agreement, therefore, passengers will be given access to a total of six flights a week to the city.
Russia also draws closer to Europe
Rostov on the Don, gateway to the Caucasus, is one of the largest cities in European Russia. In its winter schedule, Austrian is increasing the number of scheduled flights it offers to the city by one frequency, so that it will now operate five services a week to Rostov. The city of Krasnodar, significant for its industrial facilities, is to acquire an ever more important role in the Austrian Airlines schedule. At the beginning of September 2007, the frequency of services to the city had already increased from four to five connections a week, and the winter schedule will see the introduction of another frequency to Krasnodar, so that Austrian will operate six connections a week to the city on the River Kuban in future.
Kiev: of interest both to business travellers and tourists
The capital of Europe’s largest country by area, Kiev is often described as the mother of all Russian cities due to its historical role, which can be traced back as far as the sixth century. From the beginning of the winter schedule, Austrian is strengthening its flight availability to the city, providing up to four flights a day together with partner Ukraine International Airlines.