03 March 2020

Covid-19: Lauda adapts flight schedule

Reduce Lauda’s flight programme for a three-week period from Wednesday 18 March to Wednesday 8 April
Lauda today (3rd of March) notified passengers that it was reducing its flight program (mainly to and from Italy) by up to 25% for a 3-week period from Wed 18th March to Wed 8th April, in response to the Covid-19 Virus.
Over the past week, Lauda has seen a significant drop in bookings over the late March/early April period, along with a significant step up in passenger no-shows on flights, particularly from and within Italy.
Lauda is following WHO and EASA guidelines and will react to further declines in demand by adjusting the flight schedule if necessary. Lauda expects that the Covid-19 virus may lead to further flight cancellations in the coming weeks.
Lauda CEO Andreas Gruber, said: "We have decided to reduce Lauda’s flight programme for a three-week period from Wednesday 18 March to Wednesday 8 April, and will operate one less aircraft each at our bases in Vienna, Dusseldorf and Stuttgart.  While we are heavily booked for the next two weeks, we are experiencing a sharp decline in demand for the period from the end of March to early April, especially on our Italian routes.  It makes sense to selectively prune our schedule to and from those airports where travel has been most affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. All affected customers will be advised of any schedule changes at least 14 days in advance via e-mail. If the flight is canceled all passengers can rebook free of charge or receive a refund on request.”                                 
Lauda is Austria's no. 1 low-fare airline, founded in 2018 by the Austrian legend, Niki Lauda. The fleet will comprise in summer 2020 38 aircraft, which are located in the 5 bases in Vienna, DDusseldorf, Stuttgart, Palma and Zadar. More than 10 million passengers will fly with Lauda in the financial year 2021. The airline flies to over 100 destinations in 30 countries and offers all customers the lowest fares and the best customer service on a fleet of newly acquired A320 aircraft.
Edited by Alisè Vitri
Source text: Press Office Lauda
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