Skyeurope is launching a number of low-cost flights from Vienna next March. Until now the Austrian capital hasn't been well served by budget carriers. Existing services are limited to a number of routes operated by Niki/Air Berlin to Germany, the UK and Italy.
But the variety of destinations covered by budget services will rise significantly. Skyeurope intends to launch 16 new services. These include once daily flights to Amsterdam, Brussels, Bucharest and Paris Orly along with a six flights a week service to Sofia. Services to Athens, Barcelona and Venice Treviso will operate three times a week.
Interestingly the services to Sofia and Bucharest are among the first low-cost flights to be scheduled to Bulgaria and Romania which become new EU members on January 1 next.
Skyeurope is based in the Slovak capital of Bratislava some 40 miles from Vienna. Travellers from Slovakia and Austria use one another's airports depending on where they are flying to. Skyeurope says it has decided to begin an operation in Vienna because of the growing number of Austrians using its routes from Bratislava. Says a spokesperson, "Some 20 per cent of our passengers departing from Bratislava are from Austria. For some routes, the figure can be as high as 50 per cent."
For more information go to skyeurope.com.
Report by Alex McWhirter