NIKIs Press Releases
NIKI and Air Berlin – a strong partnership
No let-up in growth in first quarter of 2010
For the first time in the airline’s history, passenger volumes at NIKI passed the half-million mark in the winter quarter. NIKI carried 507,000 passengers in the first three months of this year – 19% up year on year (Q1 2009: 427,000). The rapidly expanding tourist segment grew by 33%, and there was a 12% jump in passenger volumes on scheduled flights. Following the introduction of a number of new routes in the first quarter (daily flights from Vienna to Barcelona, Belgrade, Bucharest, Nice and Sofia), and with more new services due in May 2010 (including a third daily Vienna-Paris flight), the increase in passengers travelling on scheduled flights is likely to catch up during the rest of this year, to reach about 40%.
Commenting on the figures, Niki Lauda said: “We still have the wind at our backs. Barcelona, Nice and Copenhagen have been big hits. The market has responded exceptionally well, and all three destinations are performing strongly. Our Southeast European routes got off to a great start in February. Despite the challenging economic conditions in these markets I’m very satisfied with our latest additions to the route network. Together with Air Berlin we are well on the way to establishing Vienna as a major hub. The strong uptake by our customers will allow us to quicken the pace even further, and we are again looking into the option of expanding the fleet beyond the levels originally planned for in 2011.”
NIKI operates about 640 flights per week with its fleet of 17 aircraft (status: summer 2010). Around 430 of those are scheduled flights serving 18 routes. During peak times an additional 210 weekly charter flights serve 34 destinations. Expansion has created some 250 new jobs at the airline, roughly doubling the head count to 650. In line with partner Air Berlin’s strong focus on Italy in summer 2010 – the Air Berlin Group added a number of Italian routes to its portfolio with the acquisition of TUIfly – NIKI has also widened the range of flights to the country. Besides the existing scheduled services to Milan and Rome, tourist routes to Olbia (twice weekly), Cagliari (weekly), Lamezia Terme and Bari will be launched this summer.
As Niki Lauda put it: “Our activities in Italy dovetail perfectly with Air Berlin’s comprehensive coverage of these destinations. For Austrian passengers that means more flexibility and new possibilities, through the mix of direct services and flights via Germany.”
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