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LH, IAG and Ryanair fight over CPH-VIE

Lufthansa Group’s Austrian has upped the stakes on Vienna-Copenhagen as Laudamotion and Level try to muscle in.

Austrian Airlines is to increase frequencies to Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Paris in its upcoming summer schedules – the extra flights to the Danish capital coming as low-cost rivals Ryanair-owned Laudamotion and IAG-owned Level try to get a foothold in the busy route.

Lufthansa-backed Austrian will offer 12 more weekly flights from Vienna to Paris than last summer, to reach a total of 39 weekly flights.

There will be one additional daily flight to Amsterdam, or seven more per week, totalling 34 weekly flights on Vienna-Amsterdam.

Vienna-Copenhagen is getting four weekly connections so that Austrian operates 31 flights a week. All of the changes on the three routes apply starting May 1.

“We see a high demand for a real quality offering on these routes,” says Andreas Otto, CCO and member of the board at Austrian. “Austrian Airlines is offering by far the best connections on these routes.”

CPH overcapacity?
In upgrading its links to the Danish capital, Austrian Airlines is moving against Level and Laudamotion as the two rivals enter the increasingly busy route, Check-In.dk writes.

Last summer, Austrian was alone on the route, carrying just under 199,000 passengers during the season.

However, Laudamotion moved in on October 28 three times a week as it intensifies its presence in Austria, and from March 31 Level enters the race with up to six weekly departures. That puts Austrian under pressure, prompting it to raise the stakes.

SAS has also been active on CPH-VIE but it closed its service in spring 2018.

“Overall, I would say that we are pleased to continue the winter’s increased Austrian Airlines frequencies this summer, as it shows increased demand and is a positive development for our guests flying to Vienna and beyond,” says Bastian Frantz, Lufthansa Group’s manager in Denmark.

But overcapacity is likely, with Austrian flying 9,500 seats a week, Laudamotion 1,440 seats and Level 2,520. That makes a total available weekly capacity of 13,460 seats, or around 60,000 per month.

During the seven months of last year’s summer programme, by contrast, there were only 28,400 passengers per month on average.

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