From October 30, 2023, the Upper Austrian capital will again be connected to Düsseldorf three times a week. The new operator on this route is the South Tyrolean regional airline Skyalps, which will fly with de Havilland Dash 8-400.
This route was originally served by Tyrolean Airways. Due to the takeover and integration into Austrian Airlines, Austrian Airlines flew with de Havilland Dash 8-400 for years. The handover to sister company Eurowings was not successful because the German aviation company did not last long. The aircraft used proved to be too large and the flight times were not particularly attractive, especially for business travelers.
“Resuming flights with SkyAlps is the first step in the restart. To introduce the connection, SkyAlps passengers traveling between October 30.10.2023, 31.01.2024 and January 1, XNUMX will receive a special thank you from the airport in the form of free VIP lounge access and a free parking space at KXNUMX for the duration of their trip. We hope that the market will accept the route well from the start and that we can then come to an agreement with SkyAlps in a second step about further expanding the connection and new projects,” said Linz Airport Director Norbert Draskovits.
From October 30, 2024, Skyalps will initially fly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. First, the aircraft comes from Bozen via Düsseldorf to Linz and then flies back in the reverse order. There are high hopes in Upper Austria that the route will prove successful and that the regional carrier can be persuaded to station a de Havilland Dash 8-400 in Linz-Hörsching.
“We are in the starting blocks and are looking forward to revitalizing this economically important connection between Linz and Düsseldorf. An attractive offer for city trips, but especially for business travelers, who will reach their destination stress-free and uncomplicated in just under 1,5 hours. “All of this with highly efficient propeller aircraft that cause up to 50% fewer emissions and less noise during takeoff and landing than other regional jets,” emphasizes Josef Gostner, President of SkyAlps.