Belgium, Germany and Switzerland now regard the Austrian capital Vienna as a risk area. As a result, travelers now have to be quarantined. In some cases this can be circumvented by submitting a negative PCR test. This development is causing great concern for the airlines operating on the affected routes.
Upon request, Lufthansa has not yet been able to provide an assessment of the possible effects on the flight offer. The further developments are observed very closely. Austrian Airlines was much more talkative: “The German travel warning does not currently lead to any immediate changes in our flight plan. Incidentally, this also applies to Belgium and Switzerland. We are monitoring the situation very closely and currently cannot rule out future capacity adjustments. Since Germany is a very important market for us, we are following this development with concern; especially the increasing trend towards national travel regulations. Because these contribute to further uncertainty among passengers and inhibit positive economic development. Austrian Airlines is again in favor of a uniform European travel policy and free tests for travelers from risk areas. Those who are healthy should also be able to travel, ”said AUA Group Spokeswoman Tanja Gruber.
“We monitor the behavior of our customers very closely and adjust our flight plan according to demand. Customers who travel within the next 14 days and want to rebook their flights can do so within seven days of being declared a risk area without a rebooking fee on easyjet.com. Customers who travel outside of these 14 days can rebook their flights - in accordance with our current policy - without a rebooking fee on easyjet.com under Manage bookings, ”said a spokeswoman for Easyjet. Eurowings explained: “At this point in time, we cannot make a statement about the impact on the demand for flights to and from Vienna.”
Wizzair, Easyjet, Eurowings and Ryanair are currently evaluating the situation and want to communicate any changes at a later date. The Hungarian low-cost airline seems to have already acted, because the Vienna-Bremen route can no longer be booked in the 2020/21 winter flight schedule. The company did not comment on the reasons. Austrian Airlines also stated: “We ask all passengers to inform themselves about the individual country regulations on the website of the Austrian Foreign Ministry before starting their journey. We also ask passengers to find out whether there are different regulations in their country of travel (e.g. for German federal states). A corresponding form will be issued on board to inquire about the whereabouts from tomorrow. "