Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines plans to alter its long-haul network and eliminate loss-making routes from Vienna to Hong Kong, Havana (Cuba) and Colombo (Sri Lanka) at the end of October.

Other changes include:

  • Terminating flights to Isfahan and Shiraz (Iran) from mid-September;
  • Changing Vienna-Miami (Florida) service to seasonal and ceasing at the end of October to reopen in summer 2019;
  • Cutting Vienna-Linz domestic route from Oct. 27.
  • Launching 2X-weekly seasonal Vienna-Cape Town (South Africa) services Oct 27.

“With the entire fleet of 12 long-haul aircraft (six Boeing 767-300ERs and six 777-200ERs), we want to offer a denser route network,” CCO Andreas Otto said in a statement.

For the coming winter schedule, Austrian will offer a total of up to 29X-weekly flights to North America and 19X-weekly services to Asia.

The additional capacity will be used to increase frequencies on existing routes, especially to Chicago O’Hare; Newark, New Jersey; New York JFK; Toronto, Canada; and China’s Beijing and Shanghai Pudong.

Austrian is targeting the business and transfer passenger market in Eastern Europe, which LOT Polish Airlines is also adding capacity and new routes.

Lufthansa member of the executive board & chief officer hub management Harry Hohmeister told ATW recently in Frankfurt that in recent years Austrian has repeatedly changed and tried many things. “Significant progress was made under the leadership of Andreas Otto. Some long-distance routes must be more profitable. It is also clear that no product portfolio in the world will last forever. We constantly look at the flight schedules very carefully and develop it further. Therefore, it is quite normal that it is here there are adjustments,” he said.

Kurt Hofmann, hofmann.aviaiton@netway.at