International Airlines Group (IAG) has launched a new low-cost Austrian subsidiary through its low-cost airline brand Level – with flights from Vienna starting on 17 July this year.
The new subsidiary will have an Austrian Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) and will base four Airbus A321 aircraft in Vienna from where it will fly to 14 European destinations.
On 17 July, routes from Vienna International Airport to Palma (seven weekly), and London Gatwick (14 weekly) will be launched.
Flights will then start between 23 July and 31 July to Barcelona (seven weekly), Malaga (three weekly), Venice (seven weekly), and Olbia (three weekly).
From 7 August to 13 August routes to Ibiza (three weekly), Paris Charles de Gaulle (weekly), Milan Malpensa (13 weekly), Dubrovnik (four weekly), Larnaca (three weekly), Alicante (two weekly), Valencia (two weekly) and Bilbao (three weekly).
IAG chief executive, Willie Walsh (pictured left) said: “We are launching this new short-haul subsidiary to provide Austrian consumers with more flight choices across Europe. These flights will be branded as LEVEL to build upon the huge success of our new long haul low-cost operation.
“We will serve the Austrian market with low-cost, reliable flights and will initially create around 200 new jobs at our Vienna base.
“Customers can check-in online or at the airport and take one hand baggage item onboard for free. They can choose to pay for additional items, such as checked luggage, from a menu of options designed to suit a variety of budgets and needs. There will also be a large selection of food and drink which can be purchased onboard.”
IAG started the low-cost long-haul brand Level in June 2017, initially operating two A330-200 aircraft from Barcelona to San Francisco (Oakland), Buenos Aires and Punta Cana with a summer service to Los Angeles. Boston then replaced Punta Cana in March 2018 and a third A330-200 aircraft wase added to its Barcelona fleet in summer 2018.
In July 2018, Level also launched flights from Paris Orly to Montreal, New York, Guadeloupe and Martinique. It will base two A330-200 aircraft at Orly. The Vienna base becomes the third base, but is purely low-cost short-haul flights.
IAG Group airlines also include British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, and Vueling, and the group has also this year taken a near five per cent share in Norwegian.