As Austria prepares for its Easter holidays, national carrier Austrian Airlines is gearing up for a busy holiday season. The carrier has seen unprecedented demand for leisure flights, with nearly 58,000 travelers crossing the Mediterranean from its Vienna hub in the first weekend.
Austrian Airlines CCO Michael Trestl noted the increased interest in travel by Austrian holidaymakers:
“After two years of the pandemic, we can see a massive demand for travel. The booking figures for holiday flights around Easter and in summer clearly prove this: Austrian Airlines remains the most popular companion for your holiday and charms with typical Austrian hospitality.
Austrian Airlines will operate more than 530 departures from Vienna as thousands of Austrian holidaymakers prepare for their first international flights in two years. The carrier has seen increased demand for beach hotspots across the Mediterranean, including Cyprus, Sicily and Spain. There was also an increase in bookings for long city breaks in London, Amsterdam, Paris and Barcelona.
The increased demand for Easter holidays indicates a return to pre-pandemic Austrian holiday booking habits. Photo: Austrian Airlines
With more than 690,000 bookings in the last two weeks of March alone, Austrian Airlines noted a positive upward trend and a return to long-term booking habits.
Although Austrian is not alone, as parent company Lufthansa has seen the same demand for the Easter holiday. The Frankfurt-based carrier has already prepared for a booming travel period, with passenger numbers above pre-pandemic levels.
Speaking to The Independent in early March, Lufthansa chief executive Carsten Spohr added:
“People want to travel. They seek and need personal contact – especially after two years of the pandemic and the associated social restrictions. The pent-up demand for leisure and business travel was already clearly noticeable in 2021 – and this trend is set to intensify in 2022. We are now leaving the crisis behind us, mentally and – given the high booking figures this year – also commercially and face the next reinforced challenge.
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Austrian Airlines has responded to the positive summer development by relaunching its entire fleet and planning 20% more flights to short-haul holiday destinations compared to 2019. Austrian will operate more than 1,300 weekly flights to 110 European and international destinations, including three daily flights from Vienna to Palma de Mallorca and the launch of routes to Valencia, Kavala and Samos. Long-haul destinations covered include Bangkok, the Maldives, Mauritius and Los Angeles, which are expected to resume flights from May 20.
This summer, Austrian will operate 1,300 weekly flights to 110 destinations worldwide. Photo: Getty Images
To welcome families back, people traveling with young children will be able to access a play area near the dedicated check-in counters in Terminal 3 at Vienna International Airport. All passengers on Austrian’s scheduled short-haul flights will also receive a chocolate bunny at Easter. Sunday.
To avoid crowded security checks and long wait times at the airport, the airline recommends early arrival and online check-in before departure. Those using Austrian’s online check-in services can reserve seats at home up to 47 hours before departure. Austrian Airlines is also offering passengers a digital pre-check of required Covid travel documents to avoid waiting for document checks at the airport.
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