x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Emirates upbeat on solving flights dispute with Austria

Emirates Airline is optimistic it can resolve a dispute with Austria so it can increase flights.

Emirates Airline says it is confident plans to almost double its flights to Vienna will still go ahead despite a "technical disagreement" with authorities in Austria.

Emirates is aiming to increase its number of flights to the Austrian capital from Dubai to 13 a week from March 27. This would see the carrier adding an extra six flights a week.

"Talks continue with the Austrian authorities to resolve a technical disagreement concerning the air services agreement between the UAE and Austria and our additional flights, which passengers have booked on, Emirates has invested in promoting and hired new staff for," Emirates said.

"Emirates is a strong partner for Austria, supporting business, trade, exports and tourism - not only within Austria, but throughout our network of destinations. Key stakeholders in Austria agree the additional flights will be an important boost to the Austrian economy."

The carrier said it had decided to launch the additional services in response to strong demand, adding it had flown more than one million passengers to Vienna since its flights started to the city in 2004.