Austrian Airlines is restructuring its route network. Beginning in October 2018, Austrian Airlines will remove certain connections from its winter schedule, such as Hong Kong, Havana, and Colombo. Flight service between Vienna and Linz will also be terminated in the 2018/19 winter flight schedule, with the final flight from Linz to land in Vienna on October 27, 2018. Isfahan and Shiraz in Iran will already no longer be represented in the Austrian Airlines network starting in the middle of September 2018. However, the traditional flight to the Iranian capital city of Teheran will remain unaffected. Starting at the end of October 2018, flight service to Miami will only be offered on a seasonal basis in summer instead of throughout the entire year. Affected passengers will be rebooked on other flights. The underlying reason for these changes in the route network is a realignment of the airline’s portfolio.
Despite its service reductions, Austrian Airlines will fly more often to North America and China in its upcoming flight schedule. It will operate daily flights to Chicago and six weekly connections to Newark, an increase of two flights per week compared to the previous year. The airline will offer up to five weekly flights to New York JFK, comprising a weekly increase of three flights. One additional flight each week will be offered to Toronto, Beijing, and Shanghai in the coming winter, raising the flight total to five per week for each of these destinations. Starting 27 October Austrian Airlines will commence flights to Cape Town in South Africa. On balance, Austrian Airlines will operate up to 29 flights per week to destinations in North America as part of its winter flight schedule and up to 19 flights to Asian destinations. The Austrian carrier will also launch AIRail with service to Linz this winter, balancing out Austrian’s cancelled air service. AIRail is a cooperation between Austrian Airlines and the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB).
Cancelling Miami is a brave act as Austrian was the only airline in the region to serve the Floridian city. This route has very expensive rates, but it was making a profit. Linz (as every other regional and domestic route) could only make a small profit from corporate and transfer passengers because of extremely high point-to-point rates.
This can be related to the war between low-cost airlines in Vienna. People are fed up with high prices of Austrian. Therefore, they would often rather transfer at a different airport or use a low-cost airline directly.
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