Low-cost carrier Laudamotion has unveiled a new livery which it says reflects its “Austrian heritage”.

The move follows the completion of Ryanair’s purchase of a 75 per cent stakeholding in the company.

Ryanair said that Laudamotion would take delivery of nine Airbus A320 aircraft in times for next summer, enabling the carrier to grow “by at least 20 per cent” next year to five million passengers.

Earlier this year the airline launched a new website, and an initial route network covering Mediterranean holiday destinations including Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Malaga, Santorini, Kalamata and Crete, from airports in Austria (Graz, Innsbruck, Linz, Salsburg and Vienna), Germany (Berlin Tegel, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanover and Stuttgart) and Switzerland (Basel and Zurich).

The carrier operates economy and premium classes (the latter on selected routes only), with economy offering buy on board and food and drink and seat selection at the time of booking from €9.99, and premium class featuring empty middle seats, free food and drink and seat selection.

Laudamotion was formed by ex Formula 1 driver Niki Lauda following the purchase of the assets of grounded carrier Niki from bankrupt parent company Air Berlin. The Laudamotion brand has in fact existed since the early 2000s, but previously only operated charter services.

In June BA’s parent company IAG announced plans to launch short-haul services from Vienna under its low-cost Level brand – the move followed the group’s unsuccessful attempts to purchase Niki.

laudamotion.com, ryanair.com