Posted: 30 Oct 2018 Austrian Airlines touches down in Cape Town

  • Two weekly flights as of 27 October, 2018
  • Additional Boeing 777 aircraft to service the direct route
  • Austrian aims to be the preferred carrier of Austrians travelling to Cape Town
  • Premium Economy in addition to Economy and Business Class to be offered on board 

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As of 27 October 2018, Austrian Airlines offers two weekly flights from Cape Town to Vienna, deploying the new Boeing 777 aircraft. In addition to Economy and Business Class, passengers will also be able to fly in Premium Economy. The airline this year remodeled all its long-haul aircraft with Premium Economy seats. Passengers flying in “Premium Eco” have their own seats featuring a larger reclining angle, more seat spacing and a broader seating surface. Moreover, the screen for online entertainment is bigger than in the Economy Class, and catering is upgraded.

Dr. Alexis von Hoensbroech, CEO of Austrian Airlines, says: “We are proud to announce the launch of this new route and to once again be servicing the city of Cape Town. The route is an exciting new addition to our leisure portfolio. 23,200 Austrians visited Cape Town in 2017 and in the future we would like to welcome 2/3 of all travelers from Vienna to Cape Town on board of Austrian Airlines.”

“We’re excited about expanding our presence in South Africa, and are pleased to welcome the introduction of this new route to the local market. We have already made multiple announcements over the past year regarding the increased Lufthansa Group services to the Mother City and this new route further cements our commitment to providing the best service offerings possible to our customers in the region. Austrian Airlines received the “Best Airline Staff Service in Europe” award and was announced champion in the “Best Business Class Onboard Catering” category at this year’s Skytrax Awards, which is testament to the level of service that passengers travelling on the airline can expect,” says Dr. André Schulz, Lufthansa Group General Manager for Southern Africa.

“The Austrian Airlines service to Cape Town will offer a Premium Economy class, which until now has only been available on Lufthansa aircrafts. The new direct route, as well as the new cabin class, provides both business and leisure passengers between Cape Town and Vienna an exciting new travel experience. Furthermore, this reinforces the Lufthansa Group’s commitment to connecting South Africa to our European home markets; unlocking trade, tourism, and economic opportunities,” says Dr. Schulz.

“We are thrilled that our city will once again be directly linked to  Austria – creating increased opportunities for business, investment, travel and  trade. Cape Town and the Western  Cape have a plethora of opportunities and experiences to offer both young and  mature travellers alike, with our competitive exchange rate making the Mother City a  desirable destination,“ says Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris

Cape Town in the 2018/19 flight schedule

Flight service from Cape Town to Vienna will only be offered during the European winter flight schedule (End of October to March), on Wednesdays and Sundays. The flight time from Cape Town to Vienna at a distance of more than 9,100 kilometers is about 11 hours. “While Austrian Airlines previously offered flights to Cape Town between 1997 and 1999, we are excited to see the Austrian carrier once again servicing the Mother City,” concludes Dr. Schulz.


Flight number

Flight days

Departure – Arrival (local times)

Cape Town – Vienna

OS 32


Wednesday and Sunday

12:20 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Vienna – Cape Town

OS 31


Tuesday and Saturday

11:15 a.m. – 10:40 p.m.