Summer: the hot water program is slowly taking shape

Għadira Bay (Photo: Jan Gruber).
Għadira Bay (Photo: Jan Gruber).

Summer: the hot water program is slowly taking shape

Għadira Bay (Photo: Jan Gruber).
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The next few weeks and months may be crucial to the success or failure of the 2021 summer season. Not surprisingly, many airlines are still cautious in their planning for the warm season this year and try to make their decisions as late as possible.

The possible “key to success” lies in two factors which the airlines can only minimally or not at all influence. First and foremost, it is the entry and quarantine regulations, which in turn are a significant factor in the air travel demand in the market. Nobody can say now whether potential passengers want to travel abroad again immediately or whether they - for whatever reason - will continue to hold back. This is precisely why the airlines are behaving cautiously, in other words: You want to and have to remain flexible.

Accordingly, the outlook for the summer of 2021 is still extremely incomplete and is more like a look into the crystal ball, because changes, cancellations, but also the inclusion of new routes are possible at any time.

The first new routes will be announced from Vienna

Ab Vienna would like the Romanian blueair operate a connection to Bucharest up to ten times a week. This is to be taken up with Boeing 737-800 from March 28.03.2021, XNUMX. 

Corendon plans the goals from the capital Hurghada, Izmir, Kayseri, Antalya and Heraklion to offer. These are seasonal connections that are to be phased in from the beginning of May 2021. The carrier is currently planning to fly to the aforementioned destinations twice a week from Vienna and pick them up at the following times: Hurghada: May 1, 2021; Izmir: June 19, 2021; Kayseri: June 27, 2021; Antalya: May 2, 2021 and Heraklion: June 2, 2021. All destinations are to be served by Boeing 737-800.

To Heraklion it should be noted that this route is also from Aegean Airlines should be re-recorded. The Greek carrier plans to commute between Crete and Vienna twice a week from May 8, 2021. Aircraft of the type Airbus A320 are planned. Wizzair and Ryanair plan to operate this route as well, so that - if all announcements are actually implemented - there would be a very large variety of providers in the direction of Heraklion.

The Turkish holiday airline SunExpress intended between July 3, 2021 and September 25, 2021 once a week with Boeing 737-800 between Bodrum and fly to Vienna. Laudamotion actually wanted to start this route last year, but due to the corona pandemic, the subsequent demotion to ACMI service provider for Ryanair and the subsequent cessation of flight operations, it never came to this.

More details on the "Austrian Holidays“Program of the AUA in the lower section under this link.

Colorful program planned from Graz

Various airlines and tour operators from the federal states are planning an appealing summer program. However, as in almost the entire world, this is subject to the further development of the pandemic. In Graz is an extensive hot water program from Bulgarian Air Charter planned. With the McDonnell Douglas MD-82 the following goals are to be controlled: Karpathos, Burgas, Corfu, Heraklion, Kos, Rhodes and Zakynthos. The goals Heraklion and Rhodes are also on the part Corendon planned. This carrier has further Hurghada and Antalya in the pipeline. Eurowings plans from Graz with A320 Palma de Mallorca to fly. The charter connection to Brac should according to the current state of affairs in the summer of 2021 from Croatia Airlines can be operated with Dash 8-400. The Bulgarian HolidayEurope, a participation of the Turkish Onur Air, would also Hurghada to offer. The Greek Skyexpress seems to be in the planning with ATR72 Skiathos and Paros .

Proven destinations from Salzburg, new operator for Idealtours in Innsbruck

The plans for Austria's second largest airport, Salzburg, also show a colorful summer program. Eurowings Europe could the goals of Karpathos, Antalya, Corfu, Heraklion, Hurghada, Kos, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Lamezia Terme and Zakynthos, each with A319. Ryanair is currently planning Palma de Mallorca with the Airbus A320 from Lauda Europe. Hurghada is in the planning of HolidayEurope also to be found. Unless Corona throws the bill, it is intended Fly Dubai from May 2021 between Dubai and Salzburg to fly. The low-cost airline Wizz Air Tuzla plans to Varna, Skopje, Bucharest, St. Petersburg, Belgrade, Kiev-Shujany and Larnaka.

In Innsbruck Idealtours changes the operator of the charter routes. Instead of Avanti Air, the Croatian Trade Air serve the following holiday destinations of the tour operator: Lamezia Terme, Menorca, Chalkidiki, Kefalonia, Lefkas / Epiros and Kalamata. The implementation is to take place with regional jets of the type Fokker 100. Eurowings is currently planning the goals from Tyrol Antalya, Heraklion, Kos, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes and Lamezia Terme to offer. Aircraft of the types Airbus A319 and A320 are planned.

Big program planned in Linz - Klagenfurt on hold

From Linz there are currently numerous charter destinations again, operated by Bulgarian Air Charter with McDonnell Douglas MD-82 in the pipeline. It refers to Karpathos, Burgas, Corfu, Heraklion, Kos, Rhodes and Zakynthos. Corendon plans after Antalya, Heraklion, Hurghada and Rhodes to fly. To Hurghada it should also be included HolidayEurope . Eurowings intends Linz and Palma de Mallorca with Airbus A320 aircraft. Brac should with ATR 72 from CSA to be served.

In Klagenfurt There is not much in the way of the holiday program yet. Only the tour operator Springer Reisen confirmed that one Skiathos will be available from June 3 to September 24, 2021. The flights are to be carried out with ATR72-500 from Skyexpress respectively. It is more or less fixed that Ryanair or Lauda will no longer serve the Palma route. Further possible charter destinations are currently being examined in Carinthia, but not much is yet to be decided.

The airport of interest to Vorarlberg Altenrhein presented the summer program 2020 in September 2021. Peoples becomes the goals for the tour operators Rhomberg and High Life Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, Manorca, Cagliari, Olbia, Corsica, Naples, Lamezia Terme Kefalonia, Lefkas / Epirus and Pula serve. With the exception of the destinations of Ibiza and Naples, tickets can also be purchased from Peoples.

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