Austrian Airlines has announced plans to gradually increase its long-haul services in the coming weeks, with the resumption of flights to New York JFK and Montreal.

From May the carrier will offer three flights per week to both destinations. Austrian is already serving New York’s Newark airport with five flights per week, so the JFK resumptions will increases flights to the New York area to eight weekly services.

Last month the airline outlined plans to resume flights to over 20 destinations this summer, driven by anticipated increased demand for vacation travel.

Among the long-haul route resumptions announced then included Bangkok, Chicago and Tokyo.

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Sister carrier Lufthansa also recently announced plans to offer “the most extensive range of vacation destinations in years” this summer, with an increase in destinations from both Frankfurt and Munich, focusing on routes to the Caribbean, the Canary Islands and Greece.

Commenting on the news Austrian’s CCO Michael Trestl said:

“With five destinations in North America and three in Asia, including Tokyo and Bangkok, our long-haul services are back on a slight climb this summer.

“Unfortunately, however, we are still a long way from reaching cruising altitude. We hope that a rapid increase in the vaccination rate and a corresponding relaxation of travel restrictions will give us a further boost in the future.”