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Snow Job

In Britain, people constantly complain about the weather. In Austria, people complain about everything else. Gleefully embracing every opportunity to throw snide remarks across the channel, we revel in their ineptness at an inch of the white stuff. This year, the heavy snowfall in mid-January was the first test for the £36 million snow removal […]

Ryanair slashes flights to Budapest

Ryanair slashes flights to Budapest

Budget airline Ryanair announced plans to reduce service at Budapest Airport  from 30 lines to 20, citing a rise in airport fees. The move is the latest blow for the airport, in the wake of the demise of Hungarian national carrier Malev last February, and of the closure of Terminal 1 last May due to […]

Austrian Airlines Pilots “Unfit To Fly”

Following the announcement by the Austrian Airlines (AUA) Board of Directors on 30 April for a complete reorganisation, a number of its plots and flight crew have called in as “unfit to fly” in protest. So far, 24 flights had to be grounded this month, while Lufthansa – Austrian Airlines’ owner – took over some […]

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. […]

Austrian Airlines in Jump Seat

Austrian Airlines in Jump Seat

The Austrian Airlines (AUA) trade union has unilaterally cancelled the wage agreement for 950 on-board staff of the subsidiary Tyrolean, deepening its standoff with the management of the crisis-hit company. The move came after management suspended the agreement for 2,400 AUA staff in February with a view to adjusting wages to the cheaper rate governing […]

Unloading Austrian Air

Austrian Airlines, Austria’s flagship carrier, is set for a crash landing. Failed management and a bungled attempt to sell the airline – and now the financial crisis – threaten to undo the anticipated sale of the company to German carrier Lufthansa. The closing is seen as a last-ditch attempt to recoup at least some of […]

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 […]

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