LONDON – Austrian flag carrier, Austrian Airlines, have announced new flights from Vienna to the Paris of the North, Tromsø.
The new route will further strengthen the relations between Northern Norway as a destination, and the Lufthansa Group.
Vienna to Paris of the North
Starting December 17, Austrian Airlines will serve Northern-Norwegian city of Tromsø as a new destination from Vienna, significantly increasing the frequency of Lufthansa Group-airlines’ flights to the destination, which has been served by member airlines of the group since 2017.
The service is scheduled to be operated one time weekly, through August 2023, and increases the number of direct flights between Lufthansa Group-hubs and Tromsø to 7 weekly departures each way, midwinter.
The flights will be operated as OS330 and OS329, with the schedule being as followed:
OS330, Tromsø-Vienna, 1500-1840, Saturdays
OS329, Vienna-Tromsø, 1035-1410, Saturdays
On the announcement, Lufthansa Group Norway’s General Manager, Flemming Nordestgaard, said: “As the fourth carrier of our Group, Austrian Airline extends our success story on this destination.”
“It goes in line with the overall positive development at all Norwegian destinations, thanks to the great support and commitment from local partners and stakeholders.”
Along with this, Director of Traffic Development in Avinor, Gaute Skallerud Riise, also stated the following: “It is fantastic to see that Austrian is joining the positive development we see in Northern Norway by establishing a direct connection to Vienna.”
“This is yet another proof of the attractiveness of this market consisting of residents traveling abroad, and the strong development linked to the northern lights and the Arctic product among tourists,”
Head of Tourism in the Visit Tromsø region, Lone Helle, also commented, saying: “It is great to see that several airlines are focusing on Northern Norway.”
“New international direct routes have major positive effects for tourism in the entire Tromsø region, and in the county. More incoming passengers give local businesses a boost, and are crucial for the tourism sector’s ambition of year-round profitable jobs.”
The current operators
As mentioned, the Lufthansa Group airlines have been serving Tromsø since 2017, with Lufthansa being the most common sight.
The destinations Tromsø have seen since 2017 are Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf and soon to come, Zürich, which is due to begin on December 16 with Edelweiss.
Norwegian-German Chamber of Commerce, Michael Kern, complimented this by commenting: “This move confirms and strengthens the already very strong ties between Norway, Germany and the German-speaking countries.”
“We see a growing interest from both sides, and the Lufthansa Group’s total route network to Northern Norway is helping to create new opportunities for bilateral business cooperation.”
Paris of the North?
Often called “Paris of the North”, Tromsø is one of the most known cities in Norway, as well as a greatly known tourism destination all year round.
It experiences the midnight sun during summertime, and its small to large spectacular Northern Lights shows during late autumn, and all the way through the winter season.
Being a popular tourism destination, and one of the most beautiful places above the arctic circle, Tromsø does not come as a shock for a new destination’s announcement.
However, as mentioned, the new service by Austrian is set to bump up frequencies and further expand the departure airport of choice for Lufthansa Group Airlines’ customers, further enlarging the possibilities of even more services to the destinations, in the unknown future.