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Vienna International Transport Industry News

Sudden Illness of Pilots: AUA Cancels 24 Flights

During the weekend, Austrian Airlines had to cancel 24 flights. A surprising mass illness among AUA´s pilots occurred.

May 14, 2012

Passenger Growth: Vienna Airport Ranks Second

Regarding growth in number of passengers, only Copenhagne Airport could record a higher increase than Vienna Airport.

May 14, 2012

AUA: Leaving Pilots May Cost up to € 80m

The transfer of undertakings at Austrian Airlines is irrevocable, the management points out. In case of a lack in pilots, Lufthansa and Swiss would close the gap.

May 11, 2012

AUA: Passenger Growth of 9.9 percent

Austrian Airlines carried 985,000 passengers in April, which is an increase by 9.9 percent . the passenger load factor improved by 5.9 percentage points

May 10, 2012

Vienna Airport: April 2012 with 9.5% Increase in Passengers

The number of passengers handled by Vienna International Airport rose 9.5% year-on-year to 1,889,786 in April 2012.

May 10, 2012

Massive Demand for Austrian Railway Bonds

The majority of the € 1.0bn bond was placed with high quality institutional investors in Germany, Asia, Austria and France; offering was 3.0x over-subscribed within 30 minutes.

May 10, 2012

Lufthansa Considers Selling AUA

There seems to be no end to the turbulences at Austrian Airlines. The owner, the German Lufthansa, considers selling AUA in case of a failed restructuring.

May 9, 2012

Dispute at AUA Goes On

After the management of Austrian Airlines refused to start new negotiations, the works council wants a vote on the transfer of undertakings.

May 9, 2012

AUA: Last Chance for Workforce

Austrian Airline´s works council tries to prevent the already resolved transfer of undertakings to Tyrolean. AUA´s management does not want to re-negotiate again.

May 7, 2012

AUA to Offer More Flights to USA

After having implemented the austerity package, Austrian Airlines wants to expand. Above all, more flights to the U.S. will be offered.

May 5, 2012

Albrecht Wants Common Collective Agreement

After the transfer of undertakings, the CEO of Austrian Airlines aims to create a collective agreement for the whole workforce. Further cuts are not excluded.

May 4, 2012

New Record Loss at AUA

Bad news for Austrian Airlines: the result from operating activities reaches € -66.7m. AUA refers to higher kerosene prices and the air travel tax. Nevertheless, the turnaround should be reached in 2013.

May 3, 2012

AUA: Transfer of Undertakings Definite

The re-started negotiations between AUA´s management and the aircrew have finally failed. A mass exodus of pilots is feared.

May 1, 2012

New Record In Airline Industry

The Austrian air passenger transport reached an all-time high in 2011.

April 30, 2012

AUA´s Workforce May Decide Against New Collective Agreement

After months of heated debates, the works council and the management agreed on a new collective agreement. The aircrew must approve the agreement.

April 28, 2012

Asfinag Enhanced Profits

In spite of decreasing revenues, the Austrian highway funding company raised profits from € 339.3m to € 439.6m.

April 26, 2012

Restructuring: Hope at ÖBB

In 2010, Austrian Railways recorded losses of € 330m. CEO Kern could decrease losses to € 28m in 2011. The final turnaround is not achieved yet, Kern says.

April 26, 2012

Scharinger to Enter ÖBB´s Board

The former CEO of RLB Upper Austria becomes supervisory board member at Austrian Railways.

April 25, 2012

Vienna Airport Considers Entering at Bratislava Airport

Bratislava Airport starts a request of proposal for airport operations. Vienna International Airport is interested. In Vienna, the third rope will be built in 2016 at the earliest.

April 25, 2012

AUA: Agreement Could be Reached

The long-lasting dispute at Austrian Airlines is settled. The management board and the works council agreed on a new collective agreement.

April 25, 2012

Negotiations at Austrian Airlines

After the works meeting yesterday, AUA´s management and the works council are negotiating again. The transfer of undertakings could be still prevented.

April 24, 2012

AUA: Aircrew Wants to Negotiate

The planned transfer of undertakings will be costly. AUA´s workforce wants to negotiate with the management, strikes are not considered yet.

April 23, 2012

AUA Threatened by Strikes

After Austrian Airlines´ supervisory board resolved the transfer of undertakings, the Lufthansa subsidiary may face strikes.

April 21, 2012

AUA Resolves Transfer of Undertakings

The supervisory board of Austrian Airlines decided to switch to cheaper collective agreements. The transfer of undertakings is “crucial for AUA´s survival”.

April 20, 2012

Austrian Railways: € 33bn Investment Package Resolved

The Austrian National Council decided the infrastructure package for ÖBB (Austrian Railways). Until 2017, investments of € 33bn will be made.

April 19, 2012

„AUA is no Protected Area Anymore“

Lufthansa´s CEO Christoph Franz underlined not to accept permanent losses of the Austrian subsidiary AUA. “There is no protected area at Lufthansa anymore.”

April 18, 2012

Austrian Railways Aims for Expansion in SEE

ÖBB (Austrian Railways) wants to establish a new freight subsidiary operating in Southeastern Europe. In Austria, ÖBB performs better than expected.

April 16, 2012

Gebrüder Weiss Takes Over Spedition Diehl

The Austrian transport and logistics company raises its stake in the German freight forwarder Spedition Diehl to a hundred percent.

April 14, 2012

AUA Expected to Record High Losses Again

This year, Lufthansa-owned Austrian Airlines is anticipated not to reach the profit zone. In the first quarter, fees and fuel caused higher costs of € 28m.

April 12, 2012

Austrian Industry Underlines Importance of „South Axis“

According to a recent study, the Southern Railway (Südbahn) creates 15,000 new jobs. The value creation totals € 15.5bn.

April 12, 2012

Austrian Airlines Record All-Time-High in Passengers

In March, 893,600 passengers were carried by AUA, which is an increase by 12 percent. In the first quarter, the passenger number rose by 10.1% to 2.3 million. However, fuel costs also reached a new record level.

April 12, 2012

Moderate Passenger Traffic at Vienna International Airport

Vienna Airport: plus 8.6% in passengers during March 2012. Cargo volume continues to decrease.

April 12, 2012

„AUA Must Achieve Turnaround on its own“

Christoph Franz, CEO of Lufthansa explains that the Austrian subsidiary will act independently also in future. Also the restructuring must be completed without Lufthansa´s help.

April 7, 2012

AUA Considers Leasing Pilots

The works council tries to put pressure on Austrian Airline´s management, which may lease pilots of other airlines. The works council warns of a “mass exit”.

March 31, 2012

Freight on Danube is Decreasing

Due to a lower water level, freight transport volume on the river Danube decreased by 10% in 2011.

March 29, 2012

AUA: Workforce Wants Unified Collective Agreements

The trade unions, the workforce of AUA and of Tyrolean aim to reach a unified collective agreement for AUA Group. Already tomorrow negotiations may start.

March 27, 2012

Asfinag to Cut Costs by € 2.8bn

The Austrian highway funding company wants to reduce construction costs by € 2.8bn over the next five years.

March 26, 2012

AUA: Trade Union Terminates Collective Agreement

New controversies arose at Austrian Airlines today. In order to put pressure on AUA´s management, the trade union terminated the collective agreement at the subsidiary Tyrolean.

March 23, 2012

Vienna International Airport to Offer More Incentives

In order to maintain competitiveness, the airport tries to attract more airlines. But also costs will have to be cut.

March 23, 2012

Vienna International Airport Posts Fall in Profits

EBITDA increases 12.4% to € 189.0m. Net profit declines to € 31.6m due to previously announced special effects. VIA´s management gives a positive outlook for 2012.

March 21, 2012

AUA: „Restructuring, Not Breaking Up“

Jaan Albrecht, CEO of Austrian Airlines wants to make the airline competitive again. A new foundation is “no issue”.

March 19, 2012

Lufthansa Claims Exemption of Air Ticket Tax

In order to restructure the Austrian loss making subsidiary AUA, the German airline pushes the Austrian government to abandon the air ticket tax.

March 17, 2012

Lufthansa Grants Capital Injection to AUA

The German Airline raises the capital of the loss-making subsidiary by € 140m with reservations.

March 15, 2012

Losses of € 59.4m at AUA

The original target result of Austrian Airlines was not achieved “due to crises in Japan and Middle East”. The load factor was reduced to 73.8 percent

March 15, 2012

Gebrüder Weiss Achieves Record Turnover

In the 2011 fiscal year, the Austrian transport company Gebrüder Weiss Transport & Logistics recorded turnover in excess of € 1.0bn for the first time.

March 14, 2012

AUA Prepares Transfer of Undertakings

Austrian Airlines increases pressure on its aircrew. The deadline to negotiate the new collective agreements was extended again by one month.

March 14, 2012

AUA: Negotiations Failed

Negotiations between Austrian Airline´s management and the aircrew representation ended without any concrete results. Yesterday, the workforce seemed to be willing to reach a compromise.

March 13, 2012

Vienna Airport Notes 10.3% Increase in Passengers

The number of passengers handled by Vienna Airport rose by 10.3% year-on-year to 1,387,505 in February 2012.

March 13, 2012

AUA: Compromise May Be Reached

After weeks of negotiations, the works council at Austrian Airlines seems to make concessions to the management. Tomorrow, the deadline expires.

March 12, 2012

Austrian Railways: Hope for RCA

Rail Cargo Austria, the freight division of Austrian Railways (ÖBB) seems to have achieved the turnaround. In 2010, RCA caused losses of € 67m.

March 10, 2012