The low-cost airline Ryanair will offer a total of 2023 routes from Vienna-Schwechat in the 75 summer flight schedule. According to their own statements, the frequencies are being increased on around 30 routes. However, the low coster also closes some connections.
Ryanair Group boss Michael O'Leary presented no news at all as "new routes", because Helsinki, Copenhagen and Tuzla were presented as new routes. However, the three destinations have long been served from Vienna-Schwechat and at least in part the representation that these would be summer routes for the first time is borderline, because at least Copenhagen already had the former subsidiary Laudamotion in its portfolio.
Only recently it became known that Ryanair from Vienna-Schwechat, among other things, the destinations Minorca and Suceava, Sibiu and Kosice will no longer serve. In the meantime, the list of canceled destinations has become significantly longer. With Dortmund and Bremen, two German routes are no longer included in the 2023 summer timetable. Furthermore, the destinations Agadir, Bristol, Gdansk, Liverpool, Sandefjord ("Oslo Torp"), Pisa, Zaragossa and Alghero are abandoned. Thus, the list of deleted destinations is significantly longer than that of the "new additions".
In the summer of 2023, the Ryanair Group plans to operate from Vienna with a total of 19 aircraft based there. The vast majority of aircraft are operated by Maltese subsidiary Lauda Europe, so the Airbus A320 will continue to be the dominant aircraft type. The sister companies Buzz and Malta Air continue to have aircraft based in the Austrian capital.
Taking into account the frequency increases, which Ryanair says will be carried out on 30 routes, the number of weekly flights is expected to increase to around 800. In a direct comparison with the summer of 2022, the offer is said to have increased by around ten percent - only the variety of destinations is reduced.
In this context, the fact that the Irish low-cost airline teased both its competitor Austrian Airlines and Wizz Air in the course of the announcement of the 2023 summer flight schedule from Vienna. It is of the opinion that it is "on the best way to overtake the Lufthansa subsidiary AUA in the next few years" and become "the largest passenger airline in Vienna".
It is claimed that both AUA and Wizz Air have reduced the offer. The pink competitor is accused of: “. Wizz Air has canceled more than 2023 EU routes to/from Vienna for Summer 20 and moved its operations to the Middle East, where it cannot compete with Ryanair's unbeatable reliability and lower fares. New figures from Eurocontrol also confirm that Austrian Airlines is only serving 84% of its pre-Corona capacity, while Ryanair has grown to 115%.”
CEO Michael O'Leary said, among other things: "Ryanair is pleased to be able to offer Vienna's citizens/visitors even more choice and cheaper fares in the summer of 2023. Our summer 2023 schedule is 10% bigger than last summer, with 800 weekly flights on 75 routes, including three new summer destinations to Copenhagen, Helsinki and Tuzla. With this growth and the withdrawal of Austrian and Wizz from Vienna, Ryanair is well on the way to taking AUA (the high-price subsidiary of Lufthansa, which despite 300m euros in subsidies from the Austrian taxpayer still charges much higher prices from Austrian customers/visitors than pre-Covid) over the next few years as Ryanair continues to grow and invest in Vienna and other regional airports in Austria."