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Vienna International Airline and Airport Industry News

AUA and Flyniki: Passenger Growth

Austrian Airlines increased its number of passengers by 9.7% in 2010; Flyniki achieved an increase of 29%.

January 13, 2011

Austrian Airlines: Negotiations Finished

The management of the Austrian Airlines and worker representatives agreed to increase salaries slightly in 2011. Thus, strikes will not take place.

January 7, 2011

AUA Staff Ready to go on Strike

The results of the polls are for starting the strike at Austrian Airlines. Should the negotiations fail, the staff is ready to go on strike.

January 5, 2011

AUA: For now, Negotiations Instead of Strikes

At the end of the year, there were still signs of strike for the staff of Austrian Airlines. Now the situation seems to calm down.

January 4, 2011

Poor Outlook for Creditors of SkyEurope

The Austrian-Slovakian airline, which became insolvent in 2009, will only reach a quota of 16%.

January 4, 2011

AUA has to Cancel Flight to the U.S.

Persistent snowstorms in the eastern United States, have forced Austrian Airlines to cancel a flight to New York, as local airports there are closed.

December 27, 2010

Changes on the Management Board of Vienna International Airport

After several weeks of controversial discussions, the Supervisory Board announced Christoph Herbst as new CEO. He will succeed Herbert Kaufmann.

December 16, 2010

Skylink: Resignation of Executive Board or Supervisory Board

The Vienna Airport Skylink debacle is becoming a political issue. Staffing decisions have been made.

December 14, 2010

Vienna International Airport: Plus 12.1% in passengers during November 2010

The number of passengers handled by Vienna International Airport in November 2010 rose by 12.1% year-on-year to 1,550,324.

December 14, 2010

AUA: Signs of Strike

The staff is voting for strike measures. Protests are planned for after the Christmas holidays.

December 14, 2010

AUA: Negotiations Failed, Imminent Protests

Collective agreement negotiations between employee representatives and top leaders of Austrian Airlines had to be interrupted without results.

December 10, 2010

AUA: Significant Passenger Growth in November

Austrian Airlines transported 6.8 percent more passengers than 2009/11. Plus 9.9 percent in the first eleven months this year

December 9, 2010

High Expectations about the New AUA Chairman

The Frenchman Thierry Antinori, is to complete successfully for Lufthansa the restructuring of the Austrian subsidiary.

December 8, 2010

Vienna Airport Board Sees no Fault of Their Own

The controversial directors of Flughafen Wien (Vienna International Airport) defend themselves against public criticism of the construction project "Skylink".

December 5, 2010

Strike threat at AUA

Salary negotiations at Austrian Airlines falter. The staff wants at least a salary increase equivalent to inflation.

December 2, 2010

AUA is to Get New Leadership

Austrian Airlines, a Lufthansa subsidiary, is to get the Frenchman Thierry Antinori as its new CEO. The board is to be expanded with this appointment.

November 30, 2010

A-Tec: Kovats’s Prestige Projects on the Brink

Due to the insolvency of the A-Tec Group. founder and CEO Mirko Kovats will have to give up prestigious projects such as his A-Jet.

November 29, 2010

Vienna International Airport: Decisions on Personnel are Postponed

The previously rumored change of leadership at Vienna International Airport is not taking place yet. There is time until mid-December for the board, highly criticized because of Skylink.

November 26, 2010

Discounts for Austrian Airlines and Lauda at Vienna International Airport

Vienna International Airport grants Austrian Airlines and Flyniki discounts. Flyniki rises to the second most important partner.

November 25, 2010

Vienna International Airport: Strong Growth in Profits and Passengers

The Vienna International Airport (Flughafen Wien) could increase its EBIT by 15%, passengers have risen by 8.3% to 14.87m.

November 25, 2010

Audit Court: Capital Increase for Vienna Airport

The Audit Court criticizes the Board again and advises a capital increase. The personal consequences may be tougher than expected yet.

November 24, 2010

Audit Court: Massive Criticism of Vienna International Airport

The Court expects significantly higher costs for Skylink than the airport itself. There are personal consequences.

November 19, 2010

Vienna International Airport: Strong Increase in Passengers

Vienna International Airport: Plus 11.4% in passengers during October 2010. Forecast for 2010: +9.0 % in passengers.

November 11, 2010

Traffic Result of AUA for October: Significant Passenger Growth

Austrian Airlines transported 16.5 percent more passengers in scheduled service than in same month last year. Load factor in October rises to 81 percent.

November 9, 2010

AUA: Massive Criticism of Government

Owing to the flight ticket tax one feels lied to by the politicians. Contrary to promises, there is no support for restructuring. Not even Vienna Airport is immune from criticism.

November 4, 2010

AUA: Deficits Must Go

Austrian Airlines, bought in 2009 by German Lufthansa, are now working with profit at operational level. But restructuring of long haul routes is proving to be particularly difficult.

November 3, 2010

Lauda is Evaluating whether to Move From Vienna

The owner and CEO of the Austrian low-cost airline Flyniki is considering a withdrawal from Austria. He is very upset over the tax on airline tickets to be implemented on January 1, 2001.

November 2, 2010

AUA Flights to Russia Secured

While the problem of AUA landing rights in Russia has been solved for Lufthansa until March, Austria is being accused of breach of contract by the European Commission.

October 29, 2010

AUA: Still Losses, But There Is an Upward Trend

Losses and costs fall, passenger numbers rise. Restructuring measures show results, but the target has not been reached yet, according to the board.

October 28, 2010

AUA Flight Rights in Russia: EU Proceedings Against Austria

Due to the so far preferential treatment of Austrian Airlines in Russia, Austria is now accused by the European Commission of breach of contract.

October 27, 2010

AUA: Outrage at Ticket Tax

Austrian Airlines are fearing a massive drop in sales and even see the tax as a threat to their existence.

October 25, 2010

New Budget: Details and Reactions

The entire tax package will bring additional revenues for around 1.2 billion euro. There are further saving measures for 1.6 billion euro. Reactions from the economic actors are ambivalent.

October 25, 2010

New Budget, New Taxes

The budget includes a new austerity package, which consists essentially of taxes on mineral oil, tobacco and banks.

October 25, 2010

Vienna International Airport: Business With Low-Cost Carriers booms.

A significant portion of Vienna International Airport’s sales are achieved with low-cost airlines. The airport's boss wishes a more extensive partnership with the Bratislava location.

October 21, 2010

Booming Tourism: Aeroflot Pressure on Austria's Airports

New routes of Aeroflot subsidiaries to Austria are created due to the growing flow of Russian guests.

October 20, 2010

AUA: Licenses in Russia Expire

Austrian Airlines are worried about the landing and overflying rights in Russia. If there is no extension, there is a threat of higher costs.

October 20, 2010

Austrian Airlines Loses Swiss Destination

As the St. Gallen-Altenrhein airport in eastern Switzerland will operate its own airline, AUA will no longer fly to this airport

October 19, 2010

Real Estate Market for Logistics Objects is Booming

In the vicinity of the Airport Vienna, a new logistics cluster arises.

October 19, 2010

Do & Co Expands Rapidly in Turkey

After the successful expanion with Turkish Airlines, Do & Co plans to enter the event-catering market

October 18, 2010

Airport Vienna-Schwechat: A New Concept is Called For.

The future direction of the airport will be decided on in November. A change in leadership is in sight.

October 15, 2010

Vienna Airport: Passengers on the Rise

Almost 14% more passengers were counted in Schwechat in September. Cargo share also increased.

October 14, 2010

Coface CEE Top 500 - Poland Largest Number of Companies in CEE

Poland has the largest number of companies in the Central and Eastern Europe Top 500 with 28.4%. Hungary ranks second with 16.6%, overtaking the Czech Republic, which is home for 13.8% of the CEE Top 500.

October 12, 2010

Austrian Airlines: 11.2% More Passengers

As part of a new strategy, AUA (Austrian Airlines), is targeting especially regular services. Overall, the Lufthansa subsidiary, has transported 8.4 million passengers this year.

October 11, 2010

Skylink: Board Changes at the Airport After Vienna Election

At Vienna Airport, the chairman of the supervisory board, Cristoph Herbst, is being talked about as successor to Ernest Gabmann(ÖVP). The Audit Court’s report on Skylink points to serious deficiencies.

October 7, 2010

Lufthansa suspends Linz to Munich flights as from October 31

Lufthansa discontinues its flights from Linz to Munich on October 31, tickets will be transferred or refunded.

October 6, 2010

FACC Grows and Hires

The aircraft supplier FACC, since recently Chinese property, plans to grow further this year. In order to do this, the company needs 150 new employees.

October 1, 2010

Vienna now has its own Expat Center

In Vienna, the first Expat Center in Austria was opened. The project was handled by the Vienna Business Agency (former WWFF).

September 30, 2010

Austria's Management and Supervisory Boards’ Salaries on the Test Bench

The partly state-run OMV had the most expensive board of all Austrian corporations in 2009. In total, the oil company spent 10.2 million euro on its bosses, 23.4% more than the previous year.

September 20, 2010

Direct Connection with Kabul - Afghan Kam Air Lands in Vienna

The private Afghan airline Kam Air started with the direct flights Kabul-Vienna-Kabul.

September 16, 2010

Vienna International Airport: Costly Investment at Friedrichshafen Airport

The financial disaster relative to the new Skylink terminal, which will cost nearly one billion euro instead of 400 million, is certainly the biggest problem the airport’s top management is facing - but not the only big one anymore.

September 16, 2010