The Lufthansa subsidiary Eurowings will start two new routes in Graz and Linz from April 12, 2021. These are routes that were previously served by Austrian Airlines. Both airlines confirmed to Aviation Direct that the operational implementation will in future be carried out under the commercial responsibility of Eurowings.
From Linz, Eurowings will offer the destination Düsseldorf. This will be served by aircraft of the type Airbus A319 from April 12, 2021. However, there will be no night stop, instead the plane flies according to the Düsseldorf-Linz-Düsseldorf pattern.
Eurowings will also take over the Graz-Stuttgart route from April 12, 2021. This is also served without a night stop. This means that the Airbus A319 will fly from Baden-Württemberg to Styria and then back again.
A spokesman for the low-cost subsidiary of Lufthansa told Aviation Direct: “Today we can confirm that Eurowings will be serving the Graz-Stuttgart and Linz-Düsseldorf routes from April 12, 2021. The flights will be activated in the booking systems from tomorrow, March 2nd, 2021. Austrian Airlines will then no longer operate these routes ”.
For business travelers, the switch to Eurowings means that departure in Graz or Linz will be later. Since both routes have so far been served by Dash 8-400 turboprop aircraft, the capacity offered per flight is increasing significantly. It remains to be seen whether Eurowings can fill the machines and thus fly economically successfully.
Graz-Düsseldorf remains with Austrian Airlines
The Graz-Düsseldorf route will remain with Austrian Airlines and will in future be operated with Embraer 195 instead of DHC Dash 8-400. No aircraft is stationed in Styria, but is flown in as part of scheduled flights from Vienna. An AUA spokesman confirmed this to Aviation Direct, adding that the resumption of Graz-Düsseldorf will take place on April 12, 2021.
The decision that Eurowings would take over two decentralized AUA routes was only made on Monday. At lunchtime, the Linz station was informed that the Düsseldorf line was up will pause at least May 31, 2021. This has now been done because the route will be served by Eurowings in the future, according to Austrian Airlines.