LONDON – Austrian Airlines has reopened its route from Vienna to Los Angeles after 3 years. Starting in July, the airline is going to be flying to the North American destination up to six times per week.
The airline resumed flying on May 20, flying 5 times a week. The airline wants to increase the flight frequency to 6 times a week. Austrian is flying with their Boeing 777, their largest aircraft. Austrian will be flying to Los Angeles during the summer timetable until mid-October.
Austrian Airlines CCO Michael Trestl said: “With Chicago, Washington, and two airports in New York, we are already very well represented in the East of the USA. We are very happy to offer non-stop flights to the west coast again with our route to Los Angeles.”
“The million-strong metropolis of Los Angeles is a popular holiday destination for many Austrians and hub for connections with our partners. With our new destination, we are expecting a balanced amount of local and transfer passengers, who will connect in Vienna.”
“The time of hitting the ground running has come. After two years of Covid-related restrictions, we are taking off again into a very well booked summer with an extended European route network, as well as attractive oversea-connections with increased frequencies”, added Trestl.
Austrian Airlines will be flying to LA on the following days:
|Route||Flight Number||Flight Days||Departure – Arrival (local time)|
|Vienna – Los Angeles||OS 081||Mo, Tue, We*, Thu, Fr, Sa||09:55 – 13:25|
|Los Angeles – Vienna||OS 082||Mo, Tue, We*, Thu, Fr, Sa||15:15 – 11:50 (on the next day)|
*We: the additional sixth connection between the beginning of July and the end of September
This new route is enhancing the airline’s connectivity to the United States. Julian Jäger, Joint CEO and COO of Vienna Airport adds: “Directly from Vienna to the popular Hollywood metropolis: Los Angeles is a great city and the perfect starting point to travel the West Coast of the USA. Flights to the United States are generally very popular and I am pleased that after two years of the pandemic, the flight schedule is now being expanded again to include five frequencies per week to Los Angeles in addition to New York, Newark, Chicago, and Washington.”
Austrian is able to generate a great success with this route, as while LA is a popular tourist destination, the flight would also serve as a great layover with other airlines in the Star Alliance family who fly to the airport such as United, which offers great services to for example San Francisco.
Austrian would also have great leverage over the flight, now that the demand to fly has risen to almost uncontrollable levels at the airport. They could catch the remaining passengers who are eager to fly to LA but are unable to as the other airlines are cancelling many flights such as KLM.