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New Route of the Day (1 December 2023): Eurowings between Salzburg and Amsterdam

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Eurowings chose the first day of December to launch flights between Salzburg and Amsterdam. The 775-kilometre service will be maintained 2-weekly, on Fridays and Sundays, with the A320 aircraft. The airline goes head-to-head against Transavia’s weekly rotation on the route, however, competition will heat up from 16 December when easyJet introduces flights between the two cities.

What they said

Jens Bischof, CEO of Eurowings, said: “We are excited to open the new direct connection between Salzburg and Amsterdam. We have strong partnerships with both Salzburg Airport, our largest Eurowings base in Austria, and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, with which we are celebrating our 10-year partnership this year. We want to promote tourism between Salzburg and Amsterdam with the new flight connection. At the same time, we are expanding our pan-European route network.”

Victoria Bubmann, General Manager for Sales in the Netherlands at the Lufthansa Group, added: “It is always a festive moment and together with Schiphol we offer arriving passengers a colourful wooden tulip and the famous Mozart Kugeln to departing passengers. The first flight is almost full and now that the first snow has fallen, we expect an excellent occupancy rate. Later in 2024 we will consider whether the flight will be continued in the summer season.”

Eurowings is Salzburg’s biggest airline

For many years Eurowings only offered flights to and from airports in Germany, with very minor exceptions. However, a Vienna base was opened in November 2015, and international flights from Salzburg commenced in January 2017.  The majority of the carrier’s services from Salzburg are seasonal, operating either during the winter to cater for the inbound ski tourism, or the outbound leisure travel during the summer to European holiday hotspots in Italy, Greece, Spain and Egypt.

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The Lufthansa LCC subsidiary maintains year-round connectivity from Salzburg to Berlin, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Hurghada.

Overall, Eurowings accounts for 36% of Salzburg Airport’s total annual capacity in 2023, making it by far the biggest airline at the Austrian airport. This year, it has 771,168 seats on the market, ahead of its parent company Lufthansa, which comes second with 347,180 seats.

Salzburg nears pre-pandemic traffic levels

The Austrian market as a whole is yet to reach pre-pandemic passenger levels, however, it is fairing better in its recovery than most other central and western European markets. It has reached 93.5% of its pre-Covid traffic with Salzburg in line with the average. During the January – October period, Salzburg Airport handled 1,391,534 passengers, representing an increase of 34% on last year, but down 6.1% on 2019.

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