Source: Schengen Visa Info
The previously known ultra-low-cost flag carrier, Ryanair, has announced it will increase ticket prices to Austria moderately, mainly due to inflation.
The company, which owns the Austrian carrier, Lauda Europe, revealed that low-cost traveling is now in the past, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
“There will be no more 10-euro tickets,” Head of Ryanair Austria, Andreas Gruber, told the Austrian press.
As The Local reveals, the average price for a Ryanair flight will increase from €40 to €50 in the future. However, despite the increase, Ryanair expects the number of passengers to remain unaffected in the upcoming months while people are looking for cheaper transportation alternatives.
Gruber points out that people are expected to pay more attention to the price of tickets. In addition, the number of passengers to Vienna is expected to increase from six million this year to 6.5 million the following year.
Starting in November, when an influx of 50,000 to 60,000 passengers is expected, Ryanair will start operating flights from Klagenfurt, the southern Austrian province.
The company pointed out that ticket bookings have been on the rise, reaching the anticipated levels, especially for those looking to fly on the London-Stansted route.
“We offer more destinations on short and medium-haul routes than AUA from Vienna,” Gruber noted, pointing out that the market share in Vienna currently stands at 25 percent.
Just recently, Ryanair announced eight new routes in the program of its flights scheduled to and from Vienna. The new routes include Bremen (Germany), Manchester (England), Copenhagen (Denmark), Helsinki (Finland), Genoa and Venice (Italy), Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina), and Sibiu (Romania).
The flag carrier revealed that it is investing €1.7 billion in the Vienna hub, with a total of 17 aircraft being stationed in Austria’s capital. The airline is expected to operate more than 600 flights per week to and from the capital and will contribute to a total of 600 newly created jobs for the season.
On the other hand, Ryanair recently reported all flights to Zaventem Airport in Brussels Airport until spring 2023 due to high fuel costs and flight tax. The Chief Executive of Ryanair, Michael O’Leary, added that the winter season would be challenging for air traveling.
“This winter is going to be profoundly challenging, with higher fuel costs, so an increase in airport charges like in Zaventem is not sustainable,” he pointed out.
The decision, which will become effective in late September, will impact the operation of two planes at this airport and about 15 planes at Charleroi airport that will be removed.