LONDON – Austrian Airlines (OS) takes flight with the new summer fares, increasing service to European destinations preferred by tourists.

With the removal of many travel restrictions in Austria and European countries, OS is now increasing its tourist offer. The Austrian flag carrier is initially rolling out classic destinations like Crete and Rhodes. Also, there are more flights to Athens and Thessaloniki.

Other destinations such as Chania, Karpathos, Palma de Mallorca, Santorini, Skiathos and Zakynthos will follow in June. From July onwards, further routes such as Cagliari, Catania, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Kalamata, Mykonos, Naples, Olbia, or Tenerife complete the offer. In total, OS offers more than 100 destinations this summer, 30 of which are holiday destinations in the Mediterranean region.

Austrian Airlines Boeing 767-300 Photo: Francesco Cecchetti/Airways

Statement from Austrian Airlines CCO

Austrian CCO Michael Trestl said, “With our strong summer offer, we are back to a pre-crisis level in the tourism segment. The demand is good, people want to travel.”

Trestl added, “In addition, the new travel facilitations for Austria and various European countries are helping us – away from quarantine and towards vaccination, test and recovery certificates.”

Austrian Airlines Boeing 767-300 Photo: Yifei Yu/Airways

Tourism Without Quarantine

For many countries of the European Union, quarantine will no longer be mandatory as of Wednesday May 19 for many countries upon entry into Austria. Instead, a mandatory vaccination, test or recovery test will be required. This applies to Germany, Greece, Italy and Spain, among others. In Greece, passengers no longer have to quarantine on arrival. Travelers entering the country only need to register and bring a vaccination certificate or PCR test certificate with them.

In Italy the previous quarantine obligation for passengers has also expired. In Spain, depending on the country of origin, passengers also now only have to bring proof of the test. OS customers scheduled flights to Germany, Greece and Spain also have the option to upload travel documents and have them checked in advance.

The result of the pre-check will be sent by e-mail no later than four hours before departure. Combined with the flexible and free rebooking options offered by the carrier, passengers can thus plan their holidays with more ease.

Trestl explained, “It is now possible to travel between Austria and Germany in both directions without quarantine. This is obviously very good news for us, as we can now offer our guests an extensive program again. We again expect greater demand on our routes.”

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