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Austrian Airlines has 123 routes; just two don’t touch Vienna; Frankfurt is top destination

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Austrian Airlines is part of the Lufthansa Group and is a Star Alliance member. According to Planespotters.net, it has 66 aircraft averaging 17.3 years. It has 34 A320s, 17 Embraer E195s, six A321s, six 777-200ERs and three 767-300ERs. The last of its Q400s were retired in 2021. Incoming 787-9s, the first of which is due to enter service in June 2024, will replace the 767s/777s.

Record capacity in the first half of 2024

Analysis of Cirium data shows that Austrian plans 4.57 million departing seats in the first six months of 2024. This is a record quantity, with capacity up by about 7% versus both 2023 and 2019. Despite the influx of (U)LCCs in Vienna in particular, the carrier’s market share has barely changed. It still has about half of the market.

Austrian 1H available seats 2010-2024

Austrian has 123 routes until June

The airline has three domestic routes (Vienna to Graz, Innsbruck, and Klagenfurt) and 120 international. Twenty-three are in Central and Eastern Europe, inevitably fewer than before the Russia-Ukraine war.

Predictably, Germany is very much its top country market, with three times more seat capacity than number two, Italy. Austrian serves 10 airports in Germany, including Bremen, which begins on May 6 (4-weekly).

Twenty of Austrian’s routes are outside Europe, including long-haul to Bangkok, Cancun, Chicago ORD, Los Angeles, Male, Mauritius, Montreal, Newark, New York JFK, Shanghai PVG, Tokyo NRT and Washington IAD. Boston will begin on 1 July (4-weekly).

Austrian’s 123-strong network includes many destinations that have recently started from Vienna, such as Kittila, Marseille, Porto, Rovaniemi, Seville and Tivat. It will return to Tbilisi on 1 May 2024 (3-weekly), having last served the Georgian capital in 2010. It serves Yerevan in the Caucasus, although Baku ended in 2016.

Athens International Airport

Only two routes do not touch Vienna

Of the 123 routes, only two do not touch the country’s capital. Both revolve around skiing and other winter pursuits and end in March, freeing up capacity for summer flights.

  • Klagenfurt-Hamburg: began on 13 January 2024 and ran until 2 March (weekly; E195); airport pair last served by Eurowings in 2019
  • Innsbruck-Amsterdam: began on 27 January 2024, and will exist until 30 March (weekly; A320); competes with Transavia

Flightradar24 shows that operating aircraft serves Amsterdam on a W basis, routing Vienna-Amsterdam-Innsbruck-Amsterdam-Vienna. When Klagenfurt was served, it operated Vienna-Klagenfurt-Hamburg and vice-versa.

 Frankfurt is the top destination, replacing Berlin

Austrian has more available seats between Vienna and Frankfurt than anywhere else. The carrier’s capacity on the 620-kilometre route has jumped by three quarters versus the first half of 2019. It is because it has nearly – but not quite – replaced Lufthansa.

Examining weekly departures shows that the pair have 81 weekly flights in April 2024: 74 by Austrian and daily by Lufthansa. Five years ago, they both had 40+. This shakeup means that Berlin, which was first in 2019, is now second.

Elsewhere, big capacity growth means that London LHR is now fourth, up from 10th, while Milan MXP has left the top 10 and has been replaced by Amsterdam.

Top 10 Austrian destinations from Vienna 1H 2024

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