About 400,000 passengers took off to the holidays with Austrian Airlines

A family visit or heading off on vacation – many took the Christmas season as an opportunity for air travel. During the holidays Austrian Airlines welcomed about 400,000 passengers on board, thus almost reaching pre-crisis level. City breaks to Paris but also to London and Barcelona were the three most popular destinations.

About 29,000 passengers flew with Austrian to warm destinations during the holidays. Bangkok and the long haul destinations Malé, Cancún and Mauritius were especially popular.

„As Austria’s home carrier, we are very happy that we could take many Austrians home to their loved ones or to their vacation“, says Michael Trestl, CCO Austrian Airlines. This was also the case at Christmas and at the turn of the year. On December 24th and 31st, Austrian flew more than 17,000 passenger to their destination on each day.

Long haul destinations with white sandy beaches and crystal clear seas were high in demand. This is why Austrian Airlines has doubled frequencies to Maldives Islands: during the Christmas season six instead of three aircraft of Austria’s home carrier were taking off from Vienna to Malé per week. Also the frequencies to Mauritius and Cancún were increased by one flight each, so Austrian Airlines was flying to Mauritius four times and three times to Cancún per week.

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