By Staff writer
European carrier says 'fierce price competition' has made the route unsustainable
Austrian Airlines has announced that it will no longer offer direct flights to Dubai, citing losses made on a route which it said had "fierce price competition".
Passengers of the Lufthansa Group will still be able to reach the emirate in the future by flying via Frankfurt, Zurich or Munich, the airline said in a statement.
It added that the over-capacity, built up in recent years, resulted in fierce price competition as up to 800 seats per day were on offer.
"This ultimately made the Vienna-Dubai route unsustainable for Austrian Airlines," the statement said.
Austrian Airlines has been offering flights to the emirate since 1996 and the last Austrian Airlines flight will take place on September 13 from Vienna to Dubai, and from Dubai to Vienna on September 14,.
"Unfortunately, the Vienna-Dubai route has become unsustainable for us. The capacities which will become available will be deployed for attractive, new destinations, such as Miami, Mauritius and Colombo in Sri Lanka starting in October," said Austrian Airlines CCO Andreas Otto.
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Of course, it is always easy to blame the Gulf Big 3 airlines. Maybe Austrian/LH Group should take a better look at their awful customer service and overall flight experience afforded to customers. Why would anyone choose to fly on the Austrian "national carrier" when they charge to choose seats during online booking?! Or better yet, if you change to an empty seat during the flight the crew rush to have you pay up!
@Sam Wow easy tiger, i dont think the statement blamed the 3 Gulf carriers. It is true that so many airlines nowadays cover the same route including the low-cost airlines like Pegasus. It is just common business-sense to deploy aircrafts on routes where there is a balance between supply and demand. Paying for preferred seat is the norm nowadays and should be reflected in a lower ticket price. Also common sense.
Sorry Anna - Pegasus does not cover this route, actually Pegasus is a Turkish airline and not at all related in this context. The only option other than EK is on Fly Dubai to Bratislava (closest alternative). Maybe you ought to read other media reports! The next thing to expect is the LH Group releasing a press statement that EK is dumping aircraft on the route and not competing fairly. Paying for a preferred seat is a norm with low cost airlines and not with national carriers!!
Do not worry Anna, another Turkish carrier (of course not low cost carrier) still operating in this route: Turkish Airlines has 2 daily flights from Dubai, can connect to Vienna with very good connection via Istanbul. Consider that the prices are also very competitive. I suggest to everyone.