In the Austrian federal states, the presence of Austrian Airlines is currently extremely low, because some routes are paused due to the “Corona flight plan” described by the carrier as a “minimum program”. This not only applies to Klagenfurt-Vienna, but also to the decentralized routes to Germany.
Austrian Airlines plans the decentralized routes Graz and Linz to be reactivated towards the beginning of March. A company spokesman said: “The resumption of flights from Graz to Stuttgart and Düsseldorf and those from Linz to Düsseldorf is postponed due to the situation around COVID-19 and is now planned for the beginning of March. I can rule out that we will be flying for Lufthansa in the Salzburg-Frankfurt wet lease. We will fly Innsbruck-Frankfurt ourselves as usual until further notice. " But what is the general situation in the federal states?
Situation in Klagenfurt
The sister company Eurowings plant Klagenfurt-Cologne to fly again on March 1, 2021. Since the hub connection from Austrian Airlines to Vienna will also be paused until at least the end of February 2021, Carinthian airport will not have any regular scheduled flights until then. The short-term offers planned by Transavia and Easyjet have been canceled at least for the 2020/21 winter season. Whether reactivation or opening will take place at a later date is currently completely open.
situation in Salzburg
Ab Salzburg sends Eurowings the Hamburg route will again be on a break on January 10, 2021. The resumption is currently planned for February 1, 2021. Düsseldorf is currently not served and should not be flown again until February 29, 2021 at the earliest. The Berlin route is currently planned to resume on February 5, 2021. According to the current status, Cologne / Bonn could be reactivated on February 4, 2021. Lufthansa will suspend the connection to Frankfurt am Main again. The resumption is currently planned for February 27, 2021. Easyjet will only serve individual round trips to Berlin-Brandenburg in the 2020/21 winter flight schedule. It is still open whether the route will be offered in the summer flight schedule 2021 or not. The same applies to the other routes that the orange low-cost airline has on offer from Mozart's city. Austrian Airlines does not offer any flights from Salzburg. Politicians and the airport management are currently trying to connect to the Swiss- Zurich turnstile. But nothing is ready to be announced yet. Wizzair plans to reactivate the offer in the summer flight schedule of 2021 from Salzburg.
situation in Graz
Also in Graz the flight plan is heavily thinned out. KLM continues to operate the hub connection to Amsterdam. As a result, the Styrian airport is currently connected to two hubs. The from Lufthansa and Air Dolomiti offered Munich route as well as the Swiss-Route to Zurich will be paused until at least the beginning of the summer flight schedule 2021. Lufthansa announces the resumption of the Frankfurt connection for the beginning of March 2021. Turkish Airlines does not plan to return to Graz at least in winter 2021. The decentralized AUA- As mentioned at the beginning, the routes to Stuttgart and Düsseldorf are to be reactivated at the beginning of March 2021. Corendon Airlines is currently planning to fly to Hurghada once a week from February 6, 2021. The Easyjet-The route to Berlin-Brandenburg is completely in the air, because the lowcoster has already completely removed the route from the reservation system.
situation in Innsbruck
In Tyrol there is currently a lot literally in the air, because this airport - like Salzburg - does most of its annual business in winter. Due to tough entry and quarantine regulations as well as lockdowns, most of the charters have already been canceled. Austrian Airlines continues to operate the domestic route to Vienna-Schwechat, which connects Innsbruck to a hub. According to a spokesman, Frankfurt should be served continuously, albeit at a reduced rate. Transavia pauses the offer and only wants to serve individual rounds. Luxair behaves waiting and Easyjet only intends to fly single rotations. Likewise SAS .
Situation in Linz
The Upper Austrian airport was hit particularly hard by the corona pandemic, because the classic line routes have been inactive for many months. As mentioned at the beginning, plans Austrian Airlines to fly the Düsseldorf route from the beginning of March 2021. Corendon Airlines is considering starting a connection to Hurghada from February 14, 2021. Lufthansa is currently planning to reactivate the Frankfurt connection from March 28, 2021.
Situation in Altenrhein
The in-house carrier Peoples announced on December 21, 2020 that the Altenrhein-Vienna route will be suspended until at least February 14, 2021. There are no other scheduled routes, so scheduled flight operations will be suspended until resumption. The only aircraft, an Embraer 170 with the baptismal name “Laura”, is currently parked at Vienna-Schwechat Airport, as the photo below shows.