Austrian Airlines bolsters Cancun service with an additional flight, signs SAF fuel agreement with OMV

Austrian Airlines made this announcement:

Additional weekly flight to the popular destination in the Caribbean starting on January 25, 2022
• Direct flights from Vienna to Cancun on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
• Three additional frequencies during Christmas holidays

With the successful launch of its Mexican service, Austrian Airlines will add an additional weekly flight to its direct connection to Cancún. Commencing on January 25, 2022, the Austrian flag carrier will fly to the sunny Mexican holiday destination with an additional frequency on Tuesdays, on top of the already existing connections on Thursday and Sunday,

Due to the high demand during the Christmas holidays, Austrian Airlines’ offer to Cancún had already been increased to ten instead of seven round trips between December 19 and  January. 9 The newest destination in Austrian Airlines’ route network is served by a Boeing 777-200 offering a total of 306 passengers direct service from Vienna to Mexico’s Caribbean coast. Being Mexico’s second largest airport, the connection to Cancún also functions as an ideal starting point for onward travel with our partner airlines. When traveling to Cancun, or any Austrian Airlines long haul flight, customers can choose between three cabins of service: Economy, Premium Economy and the spacious Business Class. Return ticket prices from Vienna begin at 570 euros.

In other news, for the first time ever, OMV and Austrian Airlines (AUA) are producing and using regional Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in Austria. The two companies agreed on the production and fueling of 1,500 metric tons of SAF in the coming year 2022.

The sustainable fuel is produced at the OMV Schwechat Refinery by co-processing Austrian used cooking oil in the fuel production process. This approach makes the entire production chain as regional as possible and keeps transport routes to a minimum. Compared to conventional kerosene, SAF makes for a CO2 reduction of more than 80% over the entire lifecycle. One technical key advantage of the sustainable aviation fuel is that the existing infrastructure can be used for storage and refueling. With the direct pipeline connection to the Vienna International Airport, SAF will be available for fueling Austrian Airlines aircraft as of March 2022.

The use of 1,500 metric tons of SAF by Austrian Airlines will save around 3,750 metric tons of CO2. This compares to the CO2 emissions of 333 Vienna-London flights with a typical short to medium-haul AUA aircraft (Airbus A320). The additional costs for Sustainable Aviation Fuel are financed with the support of environmentally conscious passengers. All Austrian Airlines customers can use the Compensaid platform to support flights with SAF and thus contribute to more sustainable air traffic.