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Austrian halts all scheduled flights

[ March 16, 2020   //   ]

Austrian Airlines is to halt all regular flight operations from Wednesday night, March 18, until further notice in response to entry bans being imposed across the globe and a rapid decline in demand for air travel. The carrier will keep one long-haul aircraft and one medium-haul jet ready for operation should there be a need for evacuation and other relief or emergency flights.

It has also submitted an application for short-time work for the entire company and is negotiating with the Works Council.

In the meantime, Austrian Airlines is preparing to relaunch operations after the crisis. “so that we can be ready to go as soon as possible once demand recovers”, said chief executive Alexis von Hoensbroech. “This is not a ‘goodbye’, it’s a ‘see you later’.”