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Austrian Airlines announces seven new destinations for summer 2023

The summer schedule for Austrian Airlines now has almost 120 destinations and more than 1,200 weekly flights - some of them with discount prices. Here are the new routes.

Austrian Airlines announces seven new destinations for summer 2023

Austrian Airlines, the Austrian subsidiary of Lufthansa, has announced new routes and destinations for summer 2023, saying they follow a successful summer and a “well-booked” winter.

In the 2023 summer flight schedule, the flagship carrier will fly to seven new destinations in addition to its established destinations and a significantly expanded European programme, the company said in a press release.

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The destinations Porto (Portugal), Marseille (France), Billund (Denmark) and Tivat (Montenegro) are entirely new in the schedule. The four destinations are each operated up to three times per week, departing from Vienna. 

Previously offered on a seasonal basis, Palermo (Italy) has also been added to the summer flight schedule. In addition, the route to Vilnius (Lithuania), which was already part of the Austrian Airlines route network before the Covid-19 pandemic, will be offered again, the company said. 

The famous Italian city on the northern coast of Sicily and the capital of Lithuania will also be operated three times a week.

Furthermore, flights to Tromsø (Norway) will take off once a week between June and August.

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Early repayment and discounted flights

Austrian Airlines said that, due to good liquidity development and a credit line offered by Lufthansa, it could pay early – and in full – a government-back loan granted in 2020.

The airline also said that its sound financial position allows it to offer discounted flights as part of a “thank you campaign”. 

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“Without the support of Austria, we would not have been able to fly through these difficult times. So now it is time to say thank you. That’s why we are offering tickets with up to 25 percent off for a total of 30 destinations, including destinations of the new summer flight schedule,” said Austrian Airlines CCO Michael Trestl.

The campaign is valid for all new bookings on the Economy Light fare until November 20 and for a travel period from November 7 to June 30, 2023. All info can be found on the Austrian Airlines website.

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Austrian railway workers set to strike after pay talks fall flat

Austria's railways are set to grind to a halt on Monday due to failed negotiations between unions and rail operators, the country's railway system (ÖBB) said on Sunday.

Austrian railway workers set to strike after pay talks fall flat

Austrian railway workers will hold a one-day strike on Monday after another round of negotiations between unions and railway representatives failed.

The fifth round of negotiations over pay rises for 50,000 employees from 65 different railway operators, including the main national operator ÖBB, had failed to come to a resolution.

Vida, the trade union that represents the workers, has asked for a wage increase of €400 – an average increase of around 12 percent.

In response, Austria’s Chamber of Commerce offered an increase of a 8 percent.

With walkouts set to go ahead, there will be no regional, long-distance or night trains on Monday.

“After more than twelve hours of intensive talks, the [two sides] unfortunately did not manage to come to an agreement,” the ÖBB said in a statement.

Cross-border traffic and night travel could be affected, and the ÖBB also warned of “individual train cancellations” on Sunday evening and even on Tuesday.

Andreas Matthä, CEO of ÖBB, said in a statement: “I cannot understand this strike at all. With an offer of 8.44 percent, the ÖBB has made the highest offer of any sector.”

“This is clearly a malicious strike on the part of the union,” he added.

Vida union negotiator Gerhard Tauchner said that they “are fighting for a sustainable cost of living adjustment… which will give relief to those with lower and middle incomes in particular in the face of skyrocketing prices.”

Austria’s year-on-year inflation rate hit 11 percent in October. 

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