NIKIs Press Releases

2014-03-30 10:00

New route: NIKI launches nonstop service  from Malta to Vienna

The first scheduled NIKI service from Vienna to Malta Airport touched down on 30 March 2014. The Austrian airline, part of the airberlin group, will initially offer three weekly services from Vienna to Malta.

Visitors from Malta can fly direct to Vienna on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays leaving Malta at 14:05 pm and landing in the capital of Austria at 16:20 pm. The flight from Vienna International Airport to Malta takes off at 11:05 am and arrives at Malta Airport at 13:20 pm on those days. This new route is aligned to the airberlin schedule, offering travellers from Malta excellent connections to the German group’s international network. Onward flights to Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Munich and Nuremberg are available with attractive layover times. Furthermore, connections to Moscow, Zurich and Paris among others are also available.

“Vienna is an attractive destination for business and leisure travellers. The new nonstop service opens the door to even more connecting flights between Malta and a range of German and European cities. NIKI’s and airberlin’s excellent quality of service and attractive fares have allowed the airlines to claim market leadership on routes between Germany and Austria" explained airberlin Area Manager Southern Europe, Susanna Sciacovelli.

Commenting on the launch of NIKI flights from Malta International Airport, Chief Executive Office, Mr. Markus Klaushofer said “Traffic between Malta and Austria is constantly on the rise, with a 12.5 per cent growth in this market registered last year. We are very happy to welcome NIKI, which was previously owned by the three time F1 World Champion Niki Lauda, to our ever growing family of airlines which will enable us to further develop our route network and secure better connectivity for the Maltese islands” 

Malta International Airport welcomed the first guests arriving from Vienna with a refreshing surprise when they landed. Keeping with aviation tradition the incoming aircraft was met with a water salute provided by the Malta International Airport’s Fire and Rescue Department, followed by a cake-cutting ceremony. Hostesses dressed in traditional Maltese dress greeted passengers with flowers in the arrival’s hall.

Hon. Karmenu Vella, Minister for Tourism, also welcomed NIKI on its inaugural flight to Malta.

He added that with the addition of three weekly flights from Vienna, Malta would be further increasing its seat capacity and accessibility.

Minister Vella thanked Malta Tourism Authority, Malta International Airport and other stakeholders for their continuous efforts for the country to continue reaping great results in the tourism industry.

The inaugural flight celebrations were also attended by Malta Tourism Authority CEO Josef Formosa Gauci who greeted the arrival of the first Fly Niki flight from Vienna with enthusiasm as he said this would allow Malta to further expand within the Austrian market.

Nonstop flights from Malta to Vienna can be booked with travel agents, on or around the clock through the Service Center from € 158 return. All prices include taxes, fees and topbonus miles.

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