Austrian Airlines is the second airline that restarted flights from Košice after the measures taken to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 were lifted.
The first aircraft that landed in Košice on the flight from Vienna post COVID-19 outbreak was De Havilland DHC-8. Its wheels touched the runway on Monday 22nd June at 14:05, with 30 passengers on board. The plane departed to Vienna at 14:55 with 10 passengers on board.
Flights from Košice to Vienna will be operated 4 times per week, with departure on Monday afternoon, on Thursday morning and afternoon and on Saturday morning. From Vienna the planes will depart on Monday afternoon, on Wednesday evening, Thursday afternoon and on Friday evening. The return to original schedule with 13 weekly flights is expected in autumn 2020.
Michael Tmej, the CEO and chairman of the management board of Košice Airport said: “Austrian Airlines have been a reliable partner for Košice Airport for almost 25 years and we are glad that their planes are once again connecting Košice with Vienna. Thanks to this connection there are plenty of European destinations available from Košice and from July also popular long haul destinations such as New York – Newark, Chicago, Washington and Bangkok.”
Stephan Linhart, senior sales director Austrian Airlines for Austria and Slovakia said: “„After almost 90 days on the ground, we are pleased that Austrian Airlines is finally flying again and that we are able to further extend our network step by step. It is particularly gratifying that Košice is among our first destinations as it has been an important connection for us and our hub for years.”
Since 13th March 2020, as a result of measures taken to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, all flights with a destination of arrival in the Slovak republic were banned. At Košice Airport departures and arrivals of all airlines (Austrian Airlines, Czech Airlines, Eurowings, LOT Polish Airlines, Ryanair and Wizz Air) were cancelled.
Following a decision of Slovak government from the 9th June 2020, citizens of the Slovak republic can now travel without restrictions to Austria, Czech republic, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Estonia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Latvia, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Island.
On 15th June 2020 Czech Airlines returned with their route Prague – Košice. Restart of the flights operated by Eurowings, LOT Polish Airlines, Ryanair and Wizz Air is subject to a decision of respective airlines and also of the Slovak government.
The rules for wearing the facemasks at all times onboard are valid for all airlines. Košice Airport recommends to check detailed rules and recommendations of a particular airline before the flight on the airline´s website and also on the website of Košice Airport.
In relation to summer charter season 2020 it is expected that it will be possible to fly from Košice to holiday destinations in Bulgaria, Greece and Cyprus with flights operated by Smartwings and Bulgaria Air. Flights to destinations in other countries are subject to approval of Slovak government. More information shall be available in the beginning of July.