Laudamotion and Ryanair today announced details of the Laudamotion summer 2018 schedule with 21 aircraft operating from nine cities and covering 65 routes.
Laudamotion will operate from nine bases in three countries including Vienna (Austria), Berlin Tegel, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart (Germany) and Zurich (Switzerland).
Last week, Laudamotion and Ryanair announced a new partnership where the Irish airline is initially taking a 24.9 per cent stake, which will increase to 75 per cent subject to approval by the EU Competition Authority.
The aim is to further develop and expand the low-cost carrier headquartered in Vienna. Niki Lauda will chair the newly created board and be responsible in his new role for establishing Laudamotion as an Austrian low-fare airline for the scheduled and charter market.
This agreement with Ryanair will allow the gradual growth of Laudamotion in Austria which currently has a fleet of 10 Airbus aircraft. Ryanair will provide financial and management support as well as six wet-lease aircraft for summer to enable the carrier to complete an extensive 21 aircraft flying programme from June.
Four aircraft will be based in Vienna and the frequency of flights to Palma de Mallorca will increase to up to three daily connections. Four Laudamotion aircraft will be based in Berlin Tegel, six in Dusseldorf, one each in Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, Nuremberg and Stuttgart respectively, with two in Zurich.
Laudamotion’s new Berlin Tegel base will open on 1 June with four based aircraft, offering routes to 17 sunshine destinations: Barcelona, Brindisi, Corfu, Faro, Fuerteventura, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Lanzarote, Las Palmas, Malaga, Milan Malpensa, Palma de Mallorca, Pula, Rhodes, Rijeka and Tenerife. These routes will go on sale today on Laudamotion’s partner’s website, Ryanair.com.
This coming winter, Laudamotion will focus on a city shuttle service with up to three more aircraft based in Vienna, allowing Austrian customers to benefit from a wider selection of flights at affordable prices to Europe’s major cities.
The inaugural Laudamotion flight from Dusseldorf to Palma de Mallorca took off last Sunday – just 25 days after the takeover from NIKI on 1 March.
Laudamotion chairman, Niki Lauda said: “We look forward to building the Laudamotion brand and to creating new jobs, more promotional opportunities and greater consumer choice, particularly in Vienna where we will more than double our Airbus aircraft base next year.
“I am pleased to welcome Michael O’Leary and the Ryanair team to Vienna to mark the start of our partnership, which will see Laudamotion grow its fleet to more than 30 Airbus aircraft and provide wider choice and lower fares to Viennese consumers and visitors.”
Ryanair’s chief executive officer, Michael O’Leary said the carrier shares Lauda’s vision to develop a successful Austrian low fares airline in a market “dominated by Lufthansa’s high fare Austrian and Swiss subsidiaries”.
He added: “Indeed, Laudamotion is now in pole position to accelerate rapidly in both the scheduled and charter markets in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
“This partnership will be of enormous benefit to both Ryanair and Laudamotion customers. The Laudamotion AOC will support a fleet of Airbus aircraft, which is something we have hoped to develop within the Ryanair Group for some years.
“And in turn, Ryanair will support Laudamotion by providing access to our fleet and financial resources, allowing for more rapid growth. This is also good news for Laudamotion’s people, providing improved job security and promotional opportunities at Austria’s first low fares airline.”