Daily service to Vienna set for launch

AUSTRIAN Airlines is to launch once-a-day flights from Manchester to Vienna in September

Starting on September 10 the new service will start in addition the airline’s 28 weekly flights to London.

The new flight service to one of Europe’s most frequently visited cities comprises an optimal offering for local flight traffic to connect Manchester with the Austrian business location.

Vienna is an international congress and conference venue and continues to be ranked as the city with the best quality of life.

Austrian Airlines claims to offer the best possible transfer connections to the federal provinces of Austria as well as to Central and Eastern Europe.

The airline will operate a Fokker aircraft on the Manchester-Vienna route. On balance, with Manchester and London, Austria’s national carrier now offers direct flight service to British destinations up to five times daily.

Stephen Turner, commercial director at Manchester Airport, said: “It is pleasing to see Austrian Airlines launch a service to Vienna from Manchester Airport, the UK’s global gateway from the North.

“With more than 22m people living within our two hour catchment, two full length runways and all-time record passenger numbers, Manchester Airport has, and will continue to have, the available capacity and demand to meet the needs of our catchment that extends as far north as Scotland and South to the Midlands.”

The Austrial Airlines announcement comes hard on the heels of the announcement of direct flights to Boston and Los Angeles from Manchester to be launched by Thomas Cook Airlines next year.

The flights will run two times a week from each airport. They are in addition to the Miami and New York JFK services which Thomas Cook made available recently, and which use the revamped A330 runway at Manchester.

Airport bosses hope the new flights – in addition to others to Las Vegas, New York and Orland – will draw more people to the facility from its catchment area.

Managing director Ken O’Toole said: “We have a very strong relationship with Thomas Cook Airlines, and the expansion at Manchester continues to confirm the airport as the UK’s global gateway from the North.”