Flying high to Vienna

World September 11, 2017 15:33

By The Nation

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Thai Airways International is launching new flights between Bangkok and Vienna on November 16, the airline confirmed last week.

“The European market is substantial in size and potential and is growing on a continual basis. Data from the Tourism Authority of Thailand in 2016 shows that approximately six million tourists travelled from Europe to Thailand, an increase of 6.8 per cent from 2015. Tourists from Eastern Europe, including those from Austria in Central Europe, ranked fifth amongst European tourist arrivals in Thailand,” says Viroj Sirihorachai. 

“The Thai Airways direct flight connection from Bangkok will provide further strong impetus to Vienna and marks another step towards realising our 2020 tourism strategy, which will see Vienna firmly positioned as a European gateway city in business, science and tourism,” added Norbert Kettner of the Vienna Tourist Board.

Currently, THAI flies to 12 destinations in 10 countries in Europe: Copenhagen, Oslo, Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Stockholm, London, Rome, Milan, and Moscow, which equates to more than 80 flights per week.

Approximately 3.4 million European tourists travelled to Thailand in the first half of 2017. an increase of 7 per cent compared to the same period last year, with Eastern European and Austrians tourists making up the fifth largest group.

Offering flights to Vienna, the capital of Austria and the aviation centre for Central Europe, enables the company to serve passengers in neighbouring Eastern European countries within a 300-kilometre radius. The countries include Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, and Slovenia, with a combined population of approximately 32 million people.

Austria ranked eighth out of 10 countries in the European Union in real GDP per capita in 2015 and 2016. However, air traffic right restrictions for flights between Austria and Thailand resulted in a slight reduction in the growth rate for Austrian tourist arrivals into Thailand, which continued to decrease in 2014-2016.

In the first half of 2017, Austrian tourist arrivals to Thailand increased. By operating flights into Austria, THAI will effectively play a part in boosting tourist arrivals to Thailand.

Vienna is renown for its revered residents, such as Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. As the city of music, Vienna is famous for its classical composers as well as Imperial Palaces that include Schonbrunn Palace and the Museumsquartier baroque district. Visitors can also enjoy the pleasure of Viennese cuisine, the various meats and strudels as well as the world famous Sachertorte that has its origins in Vienna.

THAI will operate roundtrip flights from Bangkok-Vienna, utilising Boeing 777-300ER with 348 in Royal Silk Class and Economy Classes. Four roundtrip flights per week will be operated on Monday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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