The Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection expands the list of landing bans for aircraft.
Starting Thursday, July 16, 2020, regular flights from several countries cannot land in Austria. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Egypt, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania and Serbia are part of the ban. So are the landing bans for aircraft from Great Britain, Sweden and the Ukraine.
The ban is in place until July 31, 2020.
As a result, Austrian Airlines is cancelling all flights between Vienna and several destinations during the period 16-31 July 2020. This includes: Belgrade, Bucharest, Cairo, Kyiv, London, Podgorica, Prishtina, Sarajevo, Sibiu, Skopje, Sofia, Stockholm, Tirana and Varna. The landing bans will also impact the remaining route network of Austrian, as many are transfer passengers.
“We understand that health is a top priority in the current situation. It remains a common goal to contain the pandemic. However, cross-the-board travel bans for entire countries – with extremely short notice – are an enormous challenge for us and our guests. We advocate a uniform and stable travel policy within the EU so as not to weaken Vienna’s position as a flight hub in the long term. Business travelers and other transfer passengers will otherwise find alternative ways of getting to long-haul destinations”, says Austrian Airlines Chief Commercial Officer, Andreas Otto.
“Together with the authorities and the airport, we want and must find a solution for transfer traffic in order to prevent uncontrolled entry as fast as possible”, he adds.
Reeboking options and refunds
Passengers whose flights are cancelled and don’t opt for rebooking can apply for a refund. They can use the online form on the Austrian Airlines website. Passengers who wish to take their flight at a later date have various rebooking options. They can start their rebooked journey up until the end of 2021.
On the Austrian Airlines website, passengers will find up-to-date information on travel in times of coronavirus, flight schedules, mask requirement, entry or rebooking regulations. The information is updated on an ongoing basis.