Austrian Airlines has made its return to Tokyo with the resurrection of its Vienna-Tokyo Narita route less than two years after it dropped the service due to it being economically unfeasible.
The carrier previously axed the route in 2016 in response to the economic downturn and decline of the Japanese yen. However, according to Stephan Linhart, Austrian’s senior director of sales for Austria and Slovakia, market conditions are now “significantly better” enabling the return of the five-times-weekly service.
“We are very pleased that we can return to Japan so quickly,” added Linhart.
The carrier announced it would be reviving the route back in July last year, however since then the service’s schedule has shifted, with flights now operating across two different time slots.
Flights departing Vienna will fly out at 1745 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, but will fly out earlier on Sundays at 1340. The return flights, meanwhile, will depart Japan at 1055 on Mondays, but will take off just under two hours later on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
|OS51||Vienna (VIE)||Tokyo (NRT)||1745||1155+1||Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri|
|OS52||Tokyo (NRT)||Vienna (VIE)||1055||1355||Mon|
|1335||1835||Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat|
Covering a distance of more than 9,100km and taking approximately 11 hours, the route is being operated by one of Austrian’s Boeing 777, the largest aircraft in the carrier’s fleet.