Oneworld’s FlyNiki to strengthen Vienna hub

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Published: May 15, 2012

FlyNiki A320. Courtesy, HG

Oneworld affiliate member FlyNiki (HG) is working further to strengthen Vienna (VIE) as a hub connecting Western with Eastern/Southeastern Europe.

HG CEO Christian Lesjak told ATW on the sidelines of the launch ceremony of the carrier’s 6X-weekly Vienna (VIE)–Florence service that from January 2013, the so-called Pier West at VIE will be renovated and dedicated to the AB group and its oneworld partners.

AB’s Austrian partner, HG, became an affiliate member of the alliance in March (ATW Daily News, March 21).

Lesjak said HG, which is ideally located for VIE, is working to create and establish its profile within the alliance. After Malev Hungarian Airlines collapsed earlier this year (ATW Daily News, Feb. 6), the alliance lost its partner for Eastern Europe at the Budapest hub.

Oneworld members British Airways, Iberia and Finnair also serve VIE.

HG transported 4.5 million passengers in 2011. “This year we are targeting five million passengers. We made a solid double-digit profit last business year,” Lesjak added, without giving details.

As part of the AB Group’s cost reduction program Shape & Size, HG is targeting to reduce costs by €12 million ($ 15.5 million) annually (ATW Daily News, Sept. 23, 2011).

HG operates 16 Airbus A320 family aircraft and seven Embraer E-190s. The AB Group is evaluating the future of the Embraer fleet.

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