At the press conference held at Tripolis on the occasion of the signing of the world's first interline agreement of Libyan Arab Airlines the Head of the Marketing Department of Austrian Airlines OS
, Mr Josef Burger, announced that OS
will fly from VIE
to Baghdad "as soon as secure flying is possible". Planned are 3 flights a week, permissions have already been received from the interim-government of the Iraq.
Mr Burger further stated: "It is the same situation we had with Pristina in March 2000 - the French airforce guarded our airplanes into and out of the airport and the German troops secured the ground operation".
Libya's capital will be received latest by July 2005 daily flights with convenient connections to the OS
network to all major European cities but also to connect to the long-haul flights. Libyan has 20 seats on each OS
Albanians capital Tirana is one of the major destinations in this area - and traffic is strong - 3 flights a day are almost fully booked.
OS would like to operate an own terminal at Vienna
With a traffic growth of almost 14% OS
is in desperate need for space at Vienna Airport. Additional 15 check-in desks will be installed in the former "Harrods Shop" bringing the total number of check-in desks of OS
airport to 100. Additional and improved baggage handling facilities are to be installed.
"We would like to operate our own terminal like LH
is doing at MUC
out of economical reasons" says Mr Burger.
99 additional flights to Central and Eastern European destinations will be operated with the inauguration of the winter schedule bringing the total number of flights to 485 per week. OS
is one of the worlds largest operators for flights to Eastern European destinations.
In December OS
group will decide on improvements for Business Class Services on long-haul flights. Especially the NG
B763's need a refurbishment.
Source: "Der Standard" (newspaper) & OS