It is still completely unclear where you can actually fly to in summer 2021, but the airlines have to slowly but surely finalize their plans. This is also the case with Austrian Airlines, which wants to reactivate around 20 routes at the beginning of the summer flight schedule period in 2021.
Another new feature is that the Vienna-Hanover route will move from Eurowings to the AUA. This was originally operated by Germanwings, later the Austrian Airlines flights were handed over to Eurowings and now it's back to the Austrian Lufthansa subsidiary. For the first time since 2009, Austrian Airlines will be flying to Hanover again in the 2021 summer flight schedule. Initially, the route that was previously served by Eurowings is on the program twice a week, and the frequency will be increased continuously until summer.
From July, two connections will be offered daily. With the addition of the route, Austrian is expanding its route network in Germany. Thanks to the connection to the hub in Vienna, travelers from the Hanover catchment area benefit from numerous transfer options to Central and Southeastern Europe and the Middle East. The new destination can now be booked with the first flight taking place on March 25th.
Currently only 15 percent capacity
After a short peak in the flight schedule during the Christmas holidays and up to 15 percent flight availability in January and February, Austrian Airlines plans to continuously increase the flight schedule until summer. Around 20 destinations will be reactivated for the summer flight schedule, including: Barcelona, Dubrovnik, Florence, Gothenburg, Košice, Krakow, Lviv, Odessa and Oslo - Amman, Bangkok, Chicago and Tokyo are back on the flight schedule in the intercontinental route network. In midsummer, the Lufthansa subsidiary anticipates increased demand for vacation travel and is therefore increasingly focusing on tourist destinations.
Around 150 vacation flights per week
The main focus is still on Greece and Cyprus, but Italy, Spain and Turkey are also hopeful for the summer of 2021. For example, up to 10 times a week to Heraklion (Crete) or 16 times to Larnaka (Cyprus) - and the popular holiday destinations Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Rhodes, Mykonos, Kos, Catania and the Canary Islands are also on the program with increased frequency.
“We expect increased demand in the tourist sector in summer and are therefore increasing our range of holiday destinations by up to 20 percent from July,” explains Austrian Airlines CCO Michael Trestl. “The booking phase for the 2021 holiday season is currently starting. With our extended flight schedule, we want to create an attractive holiday offer for all Austrians. Of course, the further development is heavily dependent on the progress of the pandemic and the associated travel guidelines. "