Dublin Airport has said that Austrian airline Laudamotion is planning to launch a new direct service from Dublin to Vienna for winter this year.
The Austrian airline will operate the new service from October 28, 2018 using an Airbus A320 aircraft. Laudamotion is an Austrian low-cost carrier focussing on European city shuttle routes from Vienna, and is part owned by former Formula 1 racing driver Niki Lauda.
‘Laudamotion will be our fifth new airline customer to Dublin Airport this year and we look forward to welcoming its new service,’ said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison. ‘Vienna is a beautiful city filled with culture and history and I have no doubt it will be a popular destination. We will work closely with Laudamotion to promote the new service,’ he added.
Commenting on its new route announcement, Laudamotion chief executive, Niki Lauda said, ‘We are offering price-conscious customers exactly what they want with our city shuttle routes. I am certain that the interest will be high with our attractive fares on our new Dublin to Vienna service.’
Earlier this year Ryanair agreed to buy an initial 24.9 percent in Laudamotion, and this will rise to a 75 percent stake, subject to EU regulatory approval.
This summer season Dublin Airport will serve 195 destinations in 42 countries, operated by 56 airlines. More than 8.7 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport in the first quarter of this year, a four percent increase compared to the same period last year, the airport said.
The airport also said that Irish retailer Avoca has opened its first ever travel retail store at Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2. Set up through a partnership between The Loop at Dublin Airport and Avoca, the new store will deliver Irish retail offerings to passengers. It aims to replicate core elements of the Avoca brand experience at Dublin Airport, while introducing a selection of Irish-made products including ceramics, throws, craft fashion and a selection of food items.