The airline is founded by the main shareholder of Klagenfurt Airport. He wants to connect it with important airports in Germany.
Preparations are underway in Austria for the launch of a new private airline, Liliair. The carrier wants to support the development of scheduled flights from Klagenfurt from April. The airline is backed by the largest shareholder of the local airport, the Lilihill Group. It plans to invest €27 million in the airline over the next three years.
The airline expects to receive its air operator’s certificate (AOC) early next year, and plans to start selling tickets during January. It expects to reach approximately 50,000 passengers in the first year.
The carrier plans to fly two Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. Both are to be operated by Malta-based Flite, the European arm of Mesa Airlines. Liliair is to connect Austria’s sixth largest city and the capital of Carinthia with Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich. The airline will fly to Frankfurt up to twice a day, while the other two destinations will be served three times a week. It is the connection to these major German airports that the airport currently lacks.
During the current winter schedule, Klagenfurt has regular flights to Vienna, Cologne, Charleroi Airport near Brussels, London Stansted Airport, Manchester and Dublin. Low-cost carrier Ryanair is the most represented carrier, with Eurowings operating the only route to Germany. Domestic connections to the capital are operated by domestic Austrian Airlines. From January, Transavia will fly to Rotterdam. With the start of the summer flight schedule, the range of connections will expand to include the Spanish destinations of Palma de Mallorca and Alicante.