Austrian Airlines hikes Moscow flight frequency
BY OUR AVIATION CORRESPONDENT
May 31, 2006
Austrian Airlines will increase its flights to Moscow, thus making its total number of flights to the Russian capital to three. Austrian Airlines had been granted traffic rights to operate to capital Moscow only recently.
From June onwards, Austrian Airlines will start another Vienna-Moscow flight. The flight will operate on a daily basis. From June 5, 2006, there will be another morning flight which will operate on Monday to Thursday. The flight will depart from Vienna at 8.10 on Mondays. An Airbus A319 will take off to Moscow at 7.35 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. As of now, Austrian Airlines depart to Moscow from Vienna at 10.45 and 19.45 and these flights will continue even after the new services are in place.
Austrian Airlines has a codeshare agreement with Aeroflot and through this; up to five flights will operate a day from June onwards to Moscow. Dr Josef E Burger, Austrian's Chief Commercial Officer, said, "'For the Austrian Airlines Group, the Russian Federation represents a dynamically growing source and target market in Eastern Europe, with a high share of transfer passengers. In 2005, we carried around 196,000 passengers on our routes to and from Russia."
In April 2006, Austrian Airlines had started its direct scheduled flights to Ekaterinburg. The flights depart from Vienna on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 20.00 and will arrive at Ekaterinburg at 04.40 the next day. The Austrian's scheduled route programme comprises of cities like St. Petersburg, Rostov am Don and Krasnodar in addition to Moscow and Ekaterinburg.