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Wizz Air takes over after Malev fallout

Wizz Air takes over after Malev fallout

In the wake of Malev Hungarian Airlines’ demise in February, low-cost carrier Wizz Air has announced that it has doubled its fleet at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International. To compensate for the traffic vacuum, it begins service from Debrecen in June and from Ljubljana in October, as well as offers new destinations like Milan’s Malpensa airport. […]

Stripped Down and Personal

When was the last time air travel was truly sexy? Not lately, that’s for sure. In fact, the last time probably predates most people’s memories; but that doesn’t mean the today’s frustrations of flying have to deflate your mood. Time was when the family would dress in their Sunday best to climb aboard some long-vanished […]

AUA reports improved numbers after buyout

The slumping Austrian Airlines (AUA) announced improved August passenger numbers in the wake of its mid-September purchase by German carrier Lufthansa. According to the airline, passenger numbers fell at a slower rate last month than in the rest of 2009. From January to July, the average AUA flight was filled to 73.6 percent capacity. In […]

Paris in 96 Hours

Paris in 96 Hours

I rolled my suitcase out of my door and took a deep breath, slowly putting my hand on my wallet and passport, a last second check. It was 6:00 a.m, and I was about to head to Paris. Landstrasse is quiet and deserted in the morning; a few bums stood across the station and were […]

Annoying Flight

I was just about to loosen my seat belt and get ready for the exhausting five hour flight from Las Palmas to Vienna, when I realized that I couldn’t straighten out my legs. The man in front of me had put his chair down, pressing his seat almost to my chest. I was trapped, sandwiched […]

Handys on Board

Most travelers have heard the words of welcome over the airline loudspeaker so often, they can recite it from memory:  “Ladies and Gentleman, welcome to the flight Airbus A318. Please fasten your seat belt and listen to the safety instructions …..” So that a change can be startling. As it was to François Germain on […]

Austria’s 5-star Airline at Fifty

Austria’s 5-star Airline at Fifty

“Ladies and Gentlemen, your Austrian Airlines flight OS093 to Washington D.C. in cooperation with United Airlines and TAROM is now ready for boarding at gate A04,” a young Austrian employee calls out into her microphone. I present my boarding pass to one of the women dressed in a red uniform, and walk down the gangway. […]

Good Connections

Austria’s regional airports are alive and kicking, with new services and connections that make travelling for Austrians and tourists easier and more direct. In Graz, Innsbruck, Linz and Salzburg airports, the numbers of travellers are growing, as is the variety of connections on offer. For November, the VR Travel Advisory takes a look at recent […]

Austrian Airlines: Sharing the Runway

Austrian Airlines: Sharing the Runway

The Slovakian airline Sky Europe is taking Austrian Airlines head on, and  for the first time, there will be real price competition on a national route. Starting Oct. 28, Sky Europe will connect Vienna with Innsbruck three times a day Monday through Friday, once every Saturday and twice on Sundays. And that is not just […]

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