The Maltese Ryanair subsidiary Lauda Europe Ltd. will start flight operations in mid-September 2020. It is flown with medium-haul jets of the type Airbus A320. These are the aircraft that are currently operated by the Austrian Laudamotion GmbH.
Internal letters indicate that Lauda Europe will take over the bases in Vienna and Düsseldorf on September 15, 2020. From this day, those employees who have previously worked for Laudamotion GmbH in direct employment or via the temporary employment agency Crewlink are employees of Lauda Europe Ltd. However, this presupposes that the consent to the change of employer has been given. According to reports, only a few are said to have transmitted their "I accept".
Some passengers have already received an official cover letter from Ryanair via email. In this one informs that the booked flights will be carried out by the group member Lauda Europe. The Palma de Mallorca base will fly under the Maltese AOC from September 13, 2020. For example, flights on the Memmingen route will be marked as "operated by Lauda Europe" from this day and the travelers have already been informed accordingly by email.
In the next few days, Lauda will therefore begin to re-register the fleet of 28 Airbus A320s. According to reports, no repainting is planned. In future, passengers will be able to see a 9H registration instead of the previous OE registration on the fuselage. The Austrian Laudamotion GmbH will subsequently be closed. What effects will September 15, 2020 have on the Stuttgart base and when Laudamotion GmbH will completely transfer its flight operations to Lauda Europe Ltd. has passed and closure is initiated is still open.
“As Minister in charge of Aviation, I would like to thank Ryanair for choosing Malta to invest and wish them the best of luck in these difficult times. Lauda Europe's application for a Maltese license from the Civil Aviation Directorate of Transport Malta confirms the attractiveness of Malta in the aviation industry, ”said Ian Borg, Minister of Transport of the Republic of Malta.