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Article from BTNews 21 SEPTEMBER 2015

Manchester's new Vienna link

Austrian Airlines has become the only carrier to operate a daily service between Manchester and Vienna with the launch of service operated by Fokker 70 / 100. The move means passengers from the north of England now have access to all Lufthansa Group airlines.

The Vienna service has been added to Austrian’s schedule following demand from passengers as the Austrian capital has become the number-one onward connection destination for Lufthansa passengers departing from Manchester. The start-up reduces travelling time and also increases the number of seats available for other travellers wanting to access the Lufthansa network through the hubs at Frankfurt and Munich.

Connection options are also improved, with onward flight times through Vienna starting at 25 minutes and the choice of Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels giving passengers total access to the 321 destinations in 103 countries in the Lufthansa Group worldwide network.

Austrian Airlines’ Economy return fares for the new service start at £160, with return Business fares from £550, including taxes and charges. Flight time is about 2hr 30min. The service complements Austrian’s existing UK schedule of 28 weekly flights to Heathrow.  www.austrian.com/uk

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David Bentley, Manchester, UK

Having worked for Austrian Airlines the last time they operated at Manchester Airport i n 1982 - yes 33 years ago - I assure you that this service will last six months once the accountants get their hands on it. They\'ve had many, many opportunities to restart it, both as AUA and as Lufthansa and have only done so now because other airlines chose to do so. But Austrian can\'t handle competition.The fact they\'re using an F70 speaks volumes. (1982 - MD87).