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Austrian Airlines Ramps up Summer Schedule With Focus on Popular Tourist Destinations

Austrian Airlines will ramp up their summer 2021 schedule to popular tourist destinations as entry rules are relaxed in Austria and many European countries. The airline will initially launch flights to Crete and Rhodes, and gradually increase service Greece, Italy, Spain and more.


Austrian Airlines Airbus A320 - Courtesy Austrian Airlines

On Tuesday (May 18, 2021), Austrian Airlines announced an expansion of their summer 2021 schedule to popular tourist destinations, as entry rules are relaxed in Austria and many other European countries. Initially, the carrier will launch service to classic destinations such as Crete and Rhodes and will also add flights to Athens and Thessaloniki. In June, Austrian will offer more destinations such as Chania, Karpathos, Palma de Mallorca, Santorini, Skiathos and Zakynthos. From July, further tourist destinations will be added including Cagliari, Catania, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Kalamata, Mykonos, Naples, Olbia and Tenerife. In total, Austrian will offer over 100 destinations this summer, including service to 30 popular Mediterranean hotspots.


In Tuesday’s announcement, Austrian Airlines’ Chief Commercial Officer, Michael Trestl, said,


“With our strong summer offer, we are back to a pre-crisis level in the tourism segment. The demand is good, people want to travel. In addition, the new travel facilitations for Austria and various European countries are helping us - away from quarantine and towards vaccination, test and recovery certificates. Travelling between Austria and Germany is now possible in both directions without quarantine. This is of course excellent news for us, as we can now offer our guests a broad program again. We expect more demand on our routes again. As of the end of this week, the Austrian Airlines destination portfolio to Germany is once more complete. Austria's home carrier will then fly again from Vienna to ten destinations, from Munich in the south to Hamburg in the north. The offer is to be increased successively.


As of May 19, 2021, quarantine for travelers from many countries entering Austria will no longer be necessary, as it will be replaced by compulsory proof of vaccination, testing or recovery. The new policy applies to Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain and others. Likewise, these countries have also eased entry restrictions. Travelers to Greece will no longer have to quarantine upon arrival, but will be required to register and carry a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test certificate. Mandatory quarantines are no longer necessary for travel to Italy, while visitors to Spain, depending on country of origin, will only have to carry proof of testing. Guests traveling on all Austrian Airlines’ flights to Germany, Greece and Spain can also upload COVID-19 documents up to 12 hours prior to departure for verification.



Source: Austrian Airlines