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Austrian Airlines to add fourth daily service to LHR

Published: 14/01/2014 - Filed under: News »

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Austrian Airlines is adding a fourth daily service between London Heathrow and Vienna from March.

The national carrier will deploy an extra Airbus A320 on the route from March 30.

New service OS461 will depart Vienna at 1245 and land at LHR at 1420 local time. Return flight OS462 will take-off from Heathrow at 1520 and arrive in Vienna at 1855.

The three other flights depart Vienna at 0700, 1715 and 2005 and land at Heathrow at 0825, 1840 and 2130 respectively. The return services leave LHR at 0600, 0915 and 1930 and arrive at Vienna at 0920, 1235 and 2245.

Austrian Airlines said in a statement: "The new route creates a range of additional transfer options, particularly to the Austrian provinces such as Innsbruck, Klagenfurt and Graz.

"Most importantly of all, however, it will create smoother links between London and Eastern Europe, and key centres such as Budapest, Sofia or Bucharest, than ever before."

Graham Smith

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Londonflyer - 15/01/2014 19:49

I'm flying Austrian to Vienna next week with 30 mins to change planes to fly Austrian onto Bangkok. All things being equal, will I make it and should I let crew know on flight? Any and all tips welcome!

ScottWilson - 16/01/2014 11:04

Yes you'll be fine, but don't dawdle. I've done that connection, and you'll find Austrian holds the long haul flight for passengers it knows are transferring from incoming flights. Of course there are limits to that, if it is delayed by hours then that may not happen.

BerksTraveller - 16/01/2014 20:54

Exercise caution all who change planes at Vienna on restricted tickets with Austrian Airlines. I ended up being forced to pay €2000 for my family when we missed our connection due to the way the airport operates - and find overnight accommodation. Austrian claims you can connect in as little as 25mins. In many cases - this is absolute rubbish - and if you can't do it because of the gates they've allocated, its the travellers fault. Good luck!

AMcWhirter - 17/01/2014 11:04

Remember that MCTs (minimum connecting times) are only valid when conditions are perfect at both end of the route. Always allow longer to make changes at a European hub to be on the safe side.
Check the current Ask Alex column (December/January issue) for more information on MCTs.


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