HBJZA From Switzerland, joined Jan 2006, 380 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1275 times:
I found out yesterday that Austrian Airlines OS is flying 4 times a day from VIE to ACH (operated by Tyrolean) !!
Can someone enlighten me out on this.
Altenrhein is such a small airport (mostly used for military traffic) I can't find any reason for having 4 frequencies a day to Vienna.
And according to the airport website, OS is the only carrier out there and VIE is the only scheduled destination from ACH.
Thanks in advance for your replies.
Thomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2452 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1230 times:
There is no military traffic in ACH as far as I know. The airport is used as a gateway to the Austrian state of Vorarlberg that does not have any airport that could handle scheduled commercial traffic. There only is a small airfield in Hohenems. Rheintalflug started scheduled flights from Hohenems with small aircraft but then had to move to Altenrhein once demand increased. They were flying 6 weekdaily roundtrips with ERJ-145s at some point before the owners of Rheintalflug sold the company to Austrian Airlines. There is very high demand between Vorarlberg and Vienna and besides Austrian that operates these four daily roundtrips with a mix of Dash 8-300/-400 and Fokker 70s, there also are up to three daily Dash 8-300 roundtrips between Friedrichshafen and Vienna operated by InterSky (the airline founded by the former Rheintalflug owners that now has a large base in Friedrichshafen). So there actually are a total of seven daily roundtrips from the area. Bregenz-Friedrichshafen and Bregenz-Altenrhein are about 30 minutes each by bus or car. From cities further south, Altenrhein is about 20 minutes closer.
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