Vienna International Airport (VIE)-based Austrian Airlines will resume international flights to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Montreals Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) in May 2021. The airline made the announcement on Friday in a press release seen by Simple Flying.
The Lufthansa Group airline said that it would begin ramping up its summer schedule in May with three flights per week from Vienna to Montreal and New York JFK. The Austrian national flag carrier is already flying to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), just across the Hudson River from Manhattan. With New York JFK’s resumption, it takes “The Big Apple” total to eight flights per week from the Austrian capital.
YUL and JFK flights to resume in May
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Austrian returns to Hannover after 11-years
A week earlier, the Austrian national flag carrier announced an increase in flights for the summer schedule. Starting at the end of March, Austrian Airlines will resume flights to Barcelona, Dubrovnik, and Florence. Austrian Airlines will again resume flights to Hannover Airport in Lower Saxony, a service Austrian airlines suspended in 2009.
In addition to the numerous vacation hot spots in Greece, Italy, and Spain, Austrian is increasing its intercontinental flights from Vienna to the following destinations:
- Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) in Amman, Jordan
- Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok, Thailand
- Narita International Airport (NRT) in Tokyo, Japan
- O’Hare International Airport (ORD) in Chicago, USA
According to the aviation enthusiast website, Planespotters.net, Austrian Airlines has a fleet of 79 aircraft with an average age of 16-years-old made up of the following aircraft:
- 7 x Airbus A319-100s
- 29 x Airbus A320-200s
- 3 x Airbus A321-100s
- 3 x Airbus A321-200s
- 6 x Boeing 767-300s
- 6 x Boeing 777-200s
- 8 x De Havilland Canada DHC-8-400s
- 17 x Embraer ERJ-195s
Austrian Airlines 100th cargo flight
In other Austrian Airlines-related news, the central European carrier and German time-sensitive cargo logistics company time:matter just celebrated their 100th cargo flight. The flight using a specially modified Boeing 777-200 departed VIE for Penang International Airport (PEN) in Malaysia on February 26 and is expected to return to Vienna on Monday carrying much-needed PPE. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Europe, Austrian Airlines and time:matter-Vienna have transported over 2,000 tons of PPE and rapid antigen tests on 100 cargo flights from Penang, Shanghai, and Xiamen.
It is nice to see Austrian Airlines betting a recovery in the number of people returning to the skies. Let’s hope that with rapid coronavirus vaccinations being rolled out that other airlines will also start betting on a recovery.
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