Photo: Austrian Airlines press release
Due to the high level of demand related to the UEFA Euro 2016, Austrian Airlines is expanding its flight offering to be able to fly as many fans as possible to France. In addition to deploying larger aircraft, Austrian Airlines is increasing frequencies for flights between Vienna and Paris and Vienna and Lyon. On balance, the red-white-red carrier will be offering an additional 5,500 seats to France in the month of June.
Details on the expanded flight offering
Austrian Airlines will be deploying Boeing 777 aircraft normally used for long-haul routes for the morning flights from and to Paris around the time in which the Austrian National Football Team plays against Portugal and Iceland. These aircraft offer more than 100 additional seats per flight compared to the regularly deployed Airbus A320 and A321. In addition, the flight offering between Vienna and Paris will be expanded to include 15 additional flights using Airbus A320 and A321 jets. In addition to Paris, Austrian Airlines will also be using larger aircraft for flights to Lyon: The Airbus fleet of the airline will also be used for ten rotations between Vienna and Lyon instead of the Fokker 100 and Dash8-Q400 planes, for example to carry fans from Romania or Hungary to the games of their respective national soccer teams.
Austrian Airlines is the official airline of the Austrian Football Association ÖFB, the largest sports association in the country. The red-white-red flagship carrier will bring the athletes led by Marcel Koller, Head Coach of the Austrian National Football Team, along with team trainers, support staff and fans to UEFA Euro 2016 in France. It will also bring them to the away matches within the context of the qualification phase of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.