Austrian Airlines to Offer Flights to Hong Kong Starting September 5, 2016

Published: March 9, 2016; 20:00 · (FriedlNews)

AUA Austrian Airlines has signed an agreement with Hong Kong authorities to ad Hong Kong International Airport to its portfolio of long-haul destinations. AUA will fly up to 5 times a week to Hong Kong as of September 5, 2016. The direct link to Vienna will also be the gateway to Eastern Europe for the Hongkongese as well as the South-Chinese business community.

Direct flights from Vienna to Hong Kong start in September 2016 / Picture: © Flickr

Until recently AUA Austrian Airlines was in talks with the Hong Kong government to start operating a direct flight from Vienna.

But a shortage of take-off and landing slots at Hong Kong International Airport has created a stumbling block for the route, billed as a gateway for Hongkongese as well as South-Chinese business people to central and eastern Europe (CEE).

Vienna's airport provides more connections to central and eastern Europe and the Black Sea regions than Frankfurt, to which AUA's competitors Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa fly.

Beijing and Shanghai are currently the only Chinese cities connected to Vienna, with flights operated by AUA Austrian Airlines and Air China.

Hong Kong-bound tourism is underdeveloped; just 26,000 Austrians visited the South Chinese metropolis last year.

Starting on September 5, 2016, Austria’s national carrier will fly up to five times per week to Hong Kong, deploying a Boeing 777 aircraft.

“As of September, we are offering flights to the three largest cities in China i.e. Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong”, explains Austrian Airlines Chief Commercial Officer Andreas Otto.

Hong Kong is not only interesting as a point to point destination but in particular for transfer traffic. About two-thirds of the passengers will change flights at the Vienna flight hub, especially in the direction of Western and Eastern Europe.

In its summer 2016 flight schedule, Austrian Airlines will offer a total of 31 weekly non-stop flights to Asia.

Five flights per week on a Boeing 767 will be operated to Beijing.

Flights to Shanghai, Bangkok and Tokyo will take off from Vienna on a Boeing 777 up to once a day, whereas the airline will fly to Hong Kong up to five times each week.

Moreover, Colombo and Malé will be seasonally included as tourist destinations with up to two flights per week in the winter flight schedule 2016 starting in October 2016.

Flight time to Hong Kong at a distance of 8,700 kilometers from Vienna is about 11 hours 25 minutes.

AUA says, that tickets from Vienna to Hong Kong and back are available as of EUR 599, including taxes and charges.

Flights Vienna-Hong Kong-Vienna as of September 5, 2016:

Route Flight number Flight days Departure Arrival
Vienna-Hong Kong OS067 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
1 p.m.
6:25 a.m. (next day)
Hong Kong- Vienna OS068 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 9:40 a.m. 4:10 p.m.