New Austrian carrier Laudamotion has dropped six routes from Zurich from its summer schedule after failing to secure enough aircraft for the services, media reports claim.
The development is a setback for airline that was launched in March from the bankrupt Niki airline, which Ryanair bought a 24.9 per cent stake and aims to take a majority stake, and was founded by Formula One driver Niki Lauda.
The Austrian airline’s flights would have reportedly connected Zurich’s business capital with leisure destinations including Majorca, Ibiza, and the Canary Islands as well as in Greece, she said from Vienna.
Reuters news agency reports a Laudamotion spokeswoman as saying a third-party leasing company had failed to guarantee the Airbus aircraft needed to service the routes, as had been previously agreed.
Other Laudamotion departures including from Basel, Switzerland, and from Germany and Austria are not impacted by the aircraft problems.