AKM Shahjahan Kamal, Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism and Norbert Hofer, Transport Minister of Austria, shaking hands after signing an aviation agreement to begin passenger and cargo flights between the two countries
: AKM Shahjahan Kamal, Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism and Norbert Hofer, Transport Minister of Austria, have signed an aviation agreement to begin passenger and cargo flights between the two countries.
Earlier this month Austrian Airlines simultaneously celebrated 60 years of operations, resumed services to Tokyo from Vienna five times a week, and took delivery of another Boeing B777.
Meeting to celebrate the airline's diamond jubilee, Sebastian Kurz, Federal Chancellor of Austria and Carsten Spohr, CEO, Lufthansa Group also agreed to expand Vienna as an airline hub.
"Air traffic develops particularly favourably at those flight hubs where all system partners - from the airlines and air traffic control to the airports and political decision makers - work particularly well together," explained Spohr.
"In addition to our important air traffic interfaces in Munich, Zurich and Frankfurt, we want to further enhance the profitability of Vienna and expand its role as a flight hub in European air traffic."
Three years ago, German low-cost airline Niki first suggested the idea as part of a code share plan with Etihad.
"Direct flight connections are important in order to strengthen the economic development and cultural exchange of the two countries," noted Hofer.