Published on May 25th, 2018 | by Alan Dwyer0
Laudamotion Launches New Dublin To Vienna Winter Service
Dublin Airport welcomes the announcement by Austrian Airline Laudamotion that it is to operate a new direct Dublin to Vienna service this winter. The airline will operate its new service from October 28, 2018 with an Airbus A320 aircraft. Laudamotion is an Austrian low-cost carrier focussing on European city shuttle routes from Vienna owned by former Formula 1 racing driver Niki Lauda.
“Laudamotion will be our fifth new airline customer to Dublin Airport this year and we look forward to welcoming its new service, Vienna is a beautiful city filled with culture and history and I have no doubt it will be a popular destination. We will work closely with Laudamotion to promote the new service,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.
Commenting on its new route announcement Laudamotion Chief Executive, Niki Lauda said “We are offering price-conscious customers exactly what they want with our city shuttle routes. I am certain that the interest will be high with our attractive fares on our new Dublin to Vienna service”.
More than 8.7 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport in the first quarter of this year, which is a 4% increase compared to the same period last year.Dublin Airport will have flights to 195 destinations in 42 countries, operated by 56 airlines this summer season and is currently on course to pass the 30 million passenger numbers for the full year.
On 20 March 2018, Ryanair announced it would acquire 24.9% of Laudamotion, to rise to 75%, subject to approval by EU authorities. The deal was reported to be worth an initial €50m plus €50m for first year start up and operating costs. The intention is to reach profitability by the third year of operations with a fleet of 30 aircraft. Laudamotion are currently operating with a fleet of five Airbus A320 aircraft. Flights for the new service are available from €19.99. The daily flight departs on weekdays from Vienna at 11.20, arriving in Dublin at 13.20 and the return service leaves Dublin at 14.04, arriving in Vienna at 17.50. The weekend services has an early morning flight on Saturday’s with an evening flight on Sunday’s.