Austrian Airlines has resumed part of its long-haul flying program with its first transatlantic flight in more than 100 days departing its Vienna hub yesterday. The first of the airline’s scheduled long-haul flights departed Vienna at about 10:45 a.m. on July 1 bound for Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.
“Long-haul routes comprise the supreme discipline in Austrian aviation“, says Austrian Airlines CCO Andreas Otto. “Therefore, after such a long interruption, we are of course especially pleased to be able to offer intercontinental flights again and thereby get our hub at Vienna Airport up and running again.”
The last regularly scheduled Austrian Airlines long-haul flight before the forced coronavirus break, departing from Chicago, landed in Vienna on 19 March 2020. In the meantime, Austrian Airlines carried out various repatriation flights from South America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, amongst other places. Transport flights for medical supplies from China and Malaysia also took place and will be continued in July.
“Slowly but surely, aviation is returning. The resumption of long-haul flights by Austrian Airlines is an important impulse for the entire tourism industry. Even though it will take some time to reach pre-crisis levels, Vienna as a location for aviation is taking further steps to overcome the crisis with the new long-haul connections“, explains Julian Jäger, Member of the Executive Board of Flughafen Wien AG.
Passengers will find up-to-date information on the issues of travelling in a time marked by the coronavirus, the flight schedule, face mask requirements, immigration regulations and rebooking rules on the Austrian Airlines Website. The information is continuously updated.