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Tue 1 Aug 2006 04:00 AM

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August bodes well for Austrian Airlines

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Austrian Airlines plans to up the frequency of its Dubai-Vienna service to daily following a steady increase in the number of outbound passengers using Vienna as a hub for onward travel.

From October 28, the service will depart Dubai at 2.45 every day of the week, arriving in Vienna at 6.05 local time.

“The next step [of our growth plan] involves getting bigger aircraft,†explained Karim El Sanadily, regional manager, Gulf region and Lebanon, Austrian Airlines.

A Boeing 737-800 currently operates on this route comprising 16 Business Class, and 142 Economy Class seats.

“Only 25% to 30% of our Dubai passengers are bound for Vienna as their final destination; the remainder are flying on to other countries,†said El Sanadily.

However, the Gulf region is Austria’s third biggest source market for inbound tourists, he explained.

“Vienna is a huge tourist destination; on the streets you will find hundreds of Saudi Arabians,†he said.

“It is also popular with visitors from Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and the UAE.â€

Austrian Airlines recently teamed up with Egypt Air to offer twin-centre packages from Dubai to Cairo and Vienna, including flights and seven night’s accommodation, which El Sanadily said had proved popular this summer.

The airline, which currently flies from Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Libya, Iran and Syria to Vienna, is also looking to operate flights from Jeddah and Bahrain.

Plans have also been finalised to overhaul the Business Class cabins inside its long-haul Boeing aircraft, which serve these routes.

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