When airberlin failed, it brought down subsidiary Niki, the Austrian low-cost and leisure airline associated with Niki Lauda.
Initially it was anticipated that IAG would purchase the assets of Niki and use it to expand Vueling’s coverage in Austria. However, it later emerged that Niki Lauda would buy back the failed airline and create a new carrier out of his Laudamotion brand, which to date has been operating executive jet charters.
Now, after a rapid launch period, it has been announced that the new holiday airline will commence flights on 25th March.
It will use the airline code “OE”
Making use of summer demand, it is thought that holiday companies like Thomas Cook will buy seats on Laudamotion’s routes, helping the carrier to establish itself over its launch period.
What Aircraft Will Laudamotion Use?
It is planned that a fleet of 14 Airbus A320 aircraft will be used by Laudamotion.
The first to enter the fleet is OE-LOF (cn 4329).
Other aircraft will be sourced from Eurowings, and are likely to be from the former airberlin fleet.
Where Will Laudamotion Fly?
Initially the airline will operate flights out of Germany.
From April, Laudamotion will begin flights from Switzerland, followed by Austria in June.
Destinations will focus on holiday resorts in Greece, Cyprus, Italy and Spain.
The full route list is:
Basel/Mulhouse – Irakleion 25JUN18 – 15OCT18 2 weekly
Basel/Mulhouse – Palma Mallorca eff 27APR18 1 daily
Berlin Tegel – Palma Mallorca eff 02JUN18 1 weekly
Cologne – Palma Mallorca eff 01JUN18 1 daily
Dusseldorf – Ibiza eff 28APR18 3 weekly
Dusseldorf – Malaga eff 27APR18 4 weekly
Dusseldorf – Palma Mallorca eff 25MAR18 1 daily
Frankfurt – Palma Mallorca eff 25MAR18 1 daily
Graz – Palma Mallorca eff 04JUN18 2 weekly
Hannover – Palma Mallorca eff 07JUN18 1 weekly
Innsbruck – Palma Mallorca eff 03JUN18 2 weekly
Linz – Palma Mallorca eff 01JUN18 3 weekly
Salzburg – Palma Mallorca eff 01JUN18 1 daily
Stuttgart – Palma Mallorca eff 25MAR18 1 daily
Vienna – Brindisi eff 02JUN18 1 weekly
Vienna – Chania eff 01JUN18 3 weekly
Vienna – Ibiza eff 03JUN18 2 weekly
Vienna – Kalamata eff 04JUN18 1 weekly
Vienna – Malaga eff 01JUN18 2 weekly
Vienna – Palma Mallorca eff 02JUN18 1 daily
Vienna – Paphos eff 03JUN18 2 weekly
Vienna – Pisa eff 01JUN18 3 weekly
Vienna – Thira eff 02JUN18 2 weekly
Zurich – Corfu 27JUN18 – 10OCT18 1 weekly
Zurich – Fuerteventura 28JUN18 – 11OCT18 1 weekly
Zurich – Ibiza 23JUN18 – 18OCT18 3 weekly
Zurich – Irakleion 24JUN18 – 19OCT18 4 weekly
Zurich – Lamezia Terme 25JUN18 – 15OCT18 2 weekly
Zurich – Lanzarote 26JUN18 – 09OCT18 1 weekly
Zurich – Olbia 23JUN18 – 17OCT18 2 weekly
Zurich – Palma Mallorca eff 01JUN18 2 weekly (1 daily 23JUN18 – 21OCT18)
Zurich – Rhodes 24JUN18 – 18OCT18 2 weekly
Laudamotion website: www.laudamotion.com