Last updated: 02:09 PM ET, Mon July 20 2015

Austrian Airlines Dumps Vienna-Dubai Route

Airlines & Airports | Rich Thomaselli | July 20, 2015

Austrian Airlines Dumps Vienna-Dubai Route

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In what could be a casualty of the expansion of Middle East airlines, Austrian Airlines says it will no longer offer direct flights to Dubai from Vienna due to the over-capacity of the route.

That is, the plethora of available seats being offered has driven down the price of tickets.

According to the airline’s statement, “The over-capacity, built up in recent years, resulted in fierce price competition as up to 800 seats per day were on offer. This ultimately made the Vienna-Dubai route unsustainable for Austrian Airlines.”

Austrian Airlines has been offering flight service to the largest city in the United Arab Emirates since 1996. The last Austrian Airlines flight will take place on September 13, 2015 from Vienna to Dubai, and from Dubai to Vienna on September 14, 2015.

A quick check of Expedia for the route shows flights available on Ukraine International, Aeroflot, Turkish Airlines, Swiss International, Qantas, Emirates and four from Etihad.

Passengers of the Lufthansa Group will still be able to reach Dubai in the future by flying via Frankfurt, Zurich or Munich.

“Unfortunately, the Vienna-Dubai route has become unsustainable for us. The capacities which will become available will be deployed for attractive new destinations, such as Miami, Mauritius and Colombo in Sri Lanka starting in October,” says Austrian Airlines CCO Andreas Otto.

As of Oct. 16, 2015, Austrian Airlines will operate flights to Miami five times per week. Starting Oct. 27, 2015, the national carrier will fly every Tuesday to Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. And beginning Oct. 29, 2015, Austrian Airlines will offer nonstop flight service twice a week to Mauritius. 

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