Austrian budget airline Niki, owned by former Formula One champion Nikki Lauda, has started operating flights to and from Bucharest, as part of a regional expansion plan which includes Belgrade and Sofia as well.
The airline, set up in 2003 through a takeover of the Austrian subsidiary of German Areo Lloyd, is operating in partnership with Airberlin.
Flights between Vienna and Bucharest start at EUR 29, according to the company. Other destinations such as Munich, Berlin, Copenhagen, Innsbruck, Paris
and Rome are also available, according to information from flyniki.com.
Niki will further expand its network in March when it will add three new direct routes to its portfolio.
The airline’s summer schedule will include direct flights from Vienna to Barcelona, Nice and Copenhagen. The new service was made possible by recent additions to the fleet, which take the total number of planes to 17. Niki is planning to increase capacity in 2010 by more than 30 percent. The new routes in Western European will come just two months after Belgrade, Sofia and Bucharest were added.