Ryanair CEO says eyeing flights from Vienna airport

FILE PHOTO: Ryanair Boeing 737-800 aircraft taxi at Manchester Airport, Britain, January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ryanair RYA.I is actively talking to Vienna Airport VIEV.VI about starting routes from the Austrian capital in the next 12 to 18 months, its chief executive said on Tuesday.

Ryanair currently flies from Bratislava, across the border in Slovakia, but is seeking access to the larger airport in Vienna, as it moves towards serving more primary hubs.

“There’s new management in Vienna airport, they’re making some very progressive moves towards finally introducing some new route incentives and some traffic growth incentives and those are very interesting,” Michael O’Leary said on the sidelines of an Airlines For Europe event.

That development follows news in February that British Airways-owner IAG will expand in Austria this summer. Austrian Airlines, owned by Lufthansa LHAG.DE, is currently the largest airline in Vienna.

Reporting by Victoria Bryan; Editing by Sarah Young