Oh Vienna… Willie Walsh's IAG to take on O'Leary in Austria with Level move


Willie Walsh’s IAG is to launch a new low-cost Austrian subsidiary, branded as Level, with flights from Vienna starting on July 17, 2018. The move will put the Dubliner’s airline group in competition with Laudamotion, in which Michael O’Leary’s Ryanair has a 24.9pc stake.
The new subsidiary will have an Austrian Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) and will base four Airbus A321 aircraft in Vienna from where it will fly to 14 European destinations. Up to now Level has been a long-haul LCC, operating from Barcelona and Paris Orly to destinations in North and South America to combat the rise of no-frills operators such as Norwegian and Wow.
On July 17, flights to Palma, Majorca and London Gatwick will be launched. Over the subsequent four weeks, flights from Vienna will be launched to Barcelona, Malaga, Venice, Olbia, Ibiza, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Milan Malpensa, Dubrovnik, Larnaca, Alicante, Valencia and Bilbao. Lead-in fares start at €24.99 and can be bought at flylevel.com

 Michael O’Leary and Willie Walsh

Willie Walsh, IAG chief executive, said: “We are launching this new short-haul subsidiary to provide Austrian consumers with more flight choices across Europe. These flights will be branded as Level to build upon the huge success of our new long haul low-cost operation. We will serve the Austrian market with low-cost, reliable flights and will initially create around 200 new jobs at our Vienna base.
“Customers can check-in online or at the airport and take one hand baggage item onboard for free. They can choose to pay for additional items, such as checked luggage, from a menu of options designed to suit a variety of budgets and needs. There will also be a large selection of food and drink which can be purchased onboard.”
Each of the A321 aircraft will have 210 economy seats and flights will operate from Terminal 1 in Vienna airport. Details of destinations, start dates and weekly frequencies from Vienna are below:

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Destination Frequencies Start Date
Palma 7 17 July 2018
London Gatwick 14 17 July 2018
Barcelona 7 23 July 2018
Malaga 3 30 July 2018
Venice 7      31 July 2018
Olbia (Sardinia) 3      31 July 2018
Ibiza 3        7 Aug 2018
Paris Charles de Gaulle 13      11 Aug 2018
Milan Malpensa 13 11 Aug 2018
Dubrovnik 4 11 Aug 2018
Larnaca 3 11 Aug 2018
Alicante 2 11 Aug 2018
Valencia 2 12 Aug 2018
Bilbao 3 13 Aug 2018


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