Waltzing off to Vienna from Manchester on 2 May were (left) Stephen Turner, Aviation Commercial Director of Manchester Airport Group and (right) David Neill, Head of Planning at Jet2.com, along with the inaugural flight’s crew.
At the other end of the route, in the Austrian capital, the inaugural flight was welcomed with a football-themed cake. On the apron to mark the first flight were (from left to right): Kerry Strachan, Cabin Crew Jet2.com; James Fahey, Deputy Base Captain Manchester Jet2.com; Markus Penz, Team Manager Vienna Tourist Board; Julian Jäger, COO Vienna Airport; Belina Neumann, Head of Aviation Marketing & Business Development Vienna Airport; David Neill, Head of Planning Jet2.com; and Hannah Slade, Senior Cabin Crew Jet2.com.
- Jet2.com has started two new routes from its biggest operational base of Manchester (MAN), which now boasts 43 destinations, launching flights to Jersey (JER) and Vienna (VIE). The former, started on 3 May, will begin with a weekly operation (Saturdays), but will gradually be increased to thrice-weekly as S14 progresses. Flybe will provide direct competition on the city pair, flying eight times weekly (its schedule is also ramped up as S14 reaches its peak). In comparison, the thrice-weekly operation to Vienna, which started on 2 May, will encounter no competition. Steve Heapy, Jet2.com CEO said: “We are thrilled to launch our new Manchester to Vienna route, the only direct flight available from the north. Vienna is a truly exciting destination, famous for its imperial sights, coffee houses, cosy taverns and the very special Viennese charm.” Stephen Turner Aviation Commercial Director Manchester Airports Group said: “We’re delighted that Jet2.com continues to grow from Manchester Airport. It’s been with us since 2004 and at the end of this year will be celebrating an impressive decade at Manchester Airport. Including Vienna, Jet2.com now has a huge choice of 43 routes, expanding the city breaks destination choice even more for our passengers.” Both routes will operated by the LCC’s 148-seat 737-300s.