Austrian Airlines (AUA) announced on Thursday that it will start to resume its regular flights from June 15 after a break of almost 90 days due to the coronavirus crisis.
In the first week of resuming its services, AUA will offer flights to more than 20 destinations including Athens, Berlin, Brussels, Geneva, London and the central Israeli city of Tel Aviv, the Lufthansa subsidiary said in a press release.
In the following week, namely from June 22 to June 28, the airlines will operate flights to additional destinations including Belgrade, Milan, Nice, Prague and Warsaw.
Accordingly, AUA will fly to 37 destinations in the first two weeks of resuming services, subject to new official restrictions, and offer an average of 5 percent capacity compared to the previous year, it said.
“We are all delighted that Austrian Airlines is finally taking off again,” said Chief Commercial Officer Andreas Otto, adding “As soon as we have built up enough feeder traffic on the short and medium-haul routes, we will again offer long-haul flights. That could be the case in July.”
Passengers will be required to wear masks inside airports and aboard aircraft, said AUA in the statement. At Vienna Airport the so-called “Sneeze Guards” (plexiglass panels) will be attached to the check-in, boarding and information desks. There will also be floor markings to help customers keep the safety distance.
It emphasized that special filters will ensure the air on board is constantly cleaned during the flight. The standard of these devices corresponds to those in clinical operating rooms, which means that the air on board will be cleaner than that which a person breathes on earth.