Christian Schindler (left), Lufthansa Group's UK regional director, shakes hands with Stephen Turner
Richard Bell

Austrian Airlines launches new Manchester Airport service

Manchester Airport has expanded its offering after signing a deal with European carrier Austrian Airlines for a new service to Vienna.

Austrian Airlines, which is a subsidiary of Europe’s biggest airline Lufthansa, will deliver a new daily service from Manchester to the Austrian capital with its Fokker 70/100 aircraft.

Christian Schindler, Lufthansa’s regional director for the UK, said: “Over the last few years Vienna became the number one onward connection destination for Lufthansa passengers departing from Manchester so it was logical for us to offer direct flights.

“This not only reduces the travelling time for the passengers but will also increase the number of seats available for other passengers wanting to access the Lufthansa network through our hubs at Frankfurt and Munich.”

Fares for the Vienna service will be offered under Lufthansa Group’s new price concept for European flights, in which Economy fares are categorised as ‘Light’, ‘Classic’ and ‘Flex’.

Manchester Airport’s commercial director, Stephen Turner, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Austrian Airlines to Manchester Airport. Vienna is a popular business and leisure destination for the 22m people within the airport’s catchment area.

“This new service will provide our passengers with additional choice for those looking to visit the city as well as the opportunity to connect onto Austrian’s extensive route network.”

Austrian Airlines already operates 28 flights to London Heathrow every week.

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