Vienna Airport offers Restart Package for airlines to stimulate tourism and aviation.
Restart Package is based on 2 pillars:
- With retroactive effect from 29 March 2020 and lasting until the end of year 2020, VIE will implement an incentive where 100% of the landing charge for scheduled passenger flights will be refunded.
- In 2021 already existing customers will be supported in re-establishing capacities that were initially planned in 2020. The requested slots for scheduled passenger flights planned in 2020 at Vienna Airport are used as the basis. For airlines resuming their services as planned in 2020, Vienna Airport will incentivize each departing passenger ex Vienna with 2, 3 or 4 EUR, depending on the stage length (short,-medium, or long-haul flights) if at least 65% of the requested seats in 2020 are again offered in 2021.
VIE is the 10th busiest Airport in the EU, and handled over 31.67 million passengers last year. Of which Austrian Airlines accounted for 13.6 million (43.2%), Lauda carried 2.6 million, Eurowings 2.2 million, Wizz 2 million, Easyjet 1.2 million. With the landing fee exemption I'd say it's quite a handout. Vienna Airport Group made a consolidated net profit after tax over € 180 last year with EBITDA exceed € 395 million (44% margin). In May they introduced COVID-19 test on spot where you could get a result within 3 hours to avoid 14-day quarantine if arriving from certain countries, they must have contributed massively to OS's new 200 million savings through partners and suppliers too. We have seen plenty government funded programs (some through airport grant) but rarely talked about incentives offered by private airports to help industry in the event of Covid-19. Any more examples?