Laudamotion-Ryanair: partnership takes off
Vienna base to grow from four aircraft this winter
Laudamotion and Ryanair announced yesterday details of the Laudamotion summer 2018 schedule with a total of 21 aircraft operating from 9 cities in Austria and Germany from June.
Its summer 2018 schedule will deliver:
- 21 aircraft
- 9 bases in three countries:
- Austria – Vienna
- Germany – Berlin-Tegel, Cologne, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart
- Switzerland – Zurich
- 44 airports
- 65 routes.
Last week both announced a new aviation partnership where the Irish airline is initially taking a 24.9% stake in the other one, which will increase to 75% subject to approval by the EU Competition Authority. The aim is to further develop and expand Austria's Laudamotion GmbH, headquartered in Vienna. Niki Lauda will chair the newly created its Board and be responsible in his new role for establishing it as an Austrian low-fare airline for the scheduled and charter market.
This agreement with Ryanair will allow the gradual growth of Laudamotion in Austria which currently has a fleet of ten Airbus aircraft. The Irish low-cost will provide financial and management support to Laudamotion as well as 6 wet-lease aircraft for summer to enable Laudamotion to complete an extensive 21 airplanes flying programme from June.
Four aircraft will be based in Vienna and the frequency of flights to Palma de Mallorca will increase to up to three daily connections. Four Laudamotion aircraft will be based in Berlin-Tegel, six in Duesseldorf, one each in Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, Nuremberg and Stuttgart respectively, with two in Zurich.
Laudamotion’s new Berlin-Tegel base will open on 1st June with four based aircraft, offering low fare routes to 17 destinations.
This coming winter, Laudamotion will focus on a city shuttle service with up to three more aircraft based in Vienna, allowing Austrian customers to benefit from a wider selection of flights to Europe's major cities.
The inaugural flight from Duesseldorf to Palma de Mallorca took off last Sunday in record time – just 25 days after the takeover from NIKI on 1st March. The Spanish isle is one of the most important destinations in the Laudamotion route network. All of the most popular tourist destinations will be served by Laudamotion from Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
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