Sunday 24 June 2018

Formula 1 legend announces direct flights from Dublin to Vienna

Laudamotion teams up with Ryanair to offer 'city shuttle' service to Austria

Niki Lauda and Michael O'Leary
Niki Lauda and Michael O'Leary
Danube Canal) of Vienna, Austria. Photo: Deposit
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Laudamotion, the budget airline owned by Niki Lauda and in which Ryanair has a 24.9pc stake, will fly from Dublin to Vienna this winter.

The Austrian Airline will expand its Vienna base in late October, with routes including Dublin/Vienna flights from €19.99 each-way.

Laudamotion will operate its new 'city shuttle' service from October 28, Dublin Airport has confirmed, with an Airbus A320 aircraft. It will compete directly with Aer Lingus, which already operates daily flights on the route. 

The airline is owned by former Formula 1 racing driver Niki Lauda. This March, Ryanair announced it was taking a 24.9pc stake in the airline - a figure it plans to increase to 75pc subject to approval by the EU Competition Authority.

Growth of the airline, which previously concentrated on business jet charters, has sprung from the ashes of Niki - a carrier that collapsed last year along with its parent, Air Berlin.

“We are offering price-conscious customers exactly what they want with our city shuttle routes," Lauda said. "I am certain that the interest will be high with our attractive fares on our new Dublin to Vienna service."

“Laudamotion will be our fifth new airline customer to Dublin Airport this year and we look forward to welcoming its new service,” added Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.

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