Emirates Airline has received approval from Austria to operate its second daily flight into Vienna, which was previously blocked by the Austrian regulatory authorities.
The flights were blocked following comments by Austrian Airlines Chairman Mr. Peter Malanik that EK is a state project with cheap labor competing against Austrian Airlines. The Chairman had stated that the airline had been forced to cancel flights to Mauritius and Australia because of competition from Emirates and accused Emirates of trying to "kill" Austrian's link to Bangkok.
"The situation is similar to the production of T-shirts using child labour. AUA would need to hire 1,000 staff from Bangladesh immediately to be able to compete. Do we want that? Certainly not," he stated.
Emirates had planned to increase flights to Vienna from 7 to 13 from this 27th of March.
As of today the airline has been able to regain permission to operate the flight. An Emirates spokesperson stated to this website that
"Emirates currently operates a daily flight to Vienna. We can confirm that our 6 additional weekly flights will operate as planned from this Sunday, 27th March, having received all the necessary permissions from Austrian authorities. We would like to thank the UAE government, the Austrian authorities and our other stakeholders who have helped to resolve this issue."
In this author's personal opinion, the advent pf new airline strategies have changed the competitive landscape of our industry. The time for artificial rules and regulations have passed and airlines must learn to reshape themselves and compete effectively with the competition, rather than protecting themselves, as this would best benefit the industry.