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Lauda, which is legally known as Laudamotion GmbH, is an Austrian airline that operates scheduled passenger services throughout Europe. The airline was founded in 2004 and is based at Vienna International Airport (VIE). Laudamotion has a route network that flies over 100 destinations in more than 30 countries. The airline flies from five bases in Austria, Germany, Spain and Croatia.
Formerly known and founded as Amira air, the airline was founded in 2004 and initially operated as a charter airline flying internationally from Vienna. In 2016, ex FormulaOne World Driver champion, Niki Lauda bought out the company and renamed the airline 'Laudamotion'. After continuing to run charter flights for a short period of time, the airline moved to its current base at Vienna International to begin scheduled passenger flights. In early 2018, Niki, an airline that had associations with Niki Lauda retired its services and as a result, Lauda acquired all of Niki's operations, as well as 15 aircraft.
In August 2018, Ryanair announced the acquisition of 75% of the shareholding for Laudamotion. Shortly thereafter, the airline announced that it had fully taken control of Lauda airlines, making it one of three airlines' wholly owned by Ryanair, along with Ryanair Sun and Ryanair UK.
In 2019, Lauda changed its trading name from 'Laudamotion' to Lauda, which is what it is known as today. Along with this rebrand, Lauda announced that it intends to expand its fleet to 38 Airbus A320 aircraft by summer 2020.
Lauda has a different baggage policy depending on the fare you purchase and excess baggage will require a fee.
All Passengers flying on Lauda are entitled to one item of free carry-on baggage, which is included in the price of their ticket. This small personal item of hand baggage must not exceed the dimensions of 40 x 20 x 25 cm, and must be able to fit in under the seat in front of you. Examples of items such as this include a handbag, laptop bag or small backpack.
Passengers have the option to purchase the 'Priority & 2 Cabin Bags' fare, or a Plus/Flexi/Family ticket, or a connecting flight ticket. If they have selected and paid for one of these options, passengers can bring one of the small personal items detailed above, along with one additional 10kg bag with the maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 20cm.
Lauda does not include a checked bag as part of the ticket fare. However, passengers will have the option to buy a 20kg check-in bag. There are no size guidelines for this checked bag.
If passengers turn up at the boarding gate with baggage that exceeds their set amount, size or weight, they will be subject to pay an excess baggage fee as they will need to be placed in the hold of the aircraft.
Currently, Lauda only offers its passengers 2 cabin classes to choose from, Economy and Premium Economy.
Economy class is the standard class on Laudamotion planes and makes up the majority of the cabin. In this class, passengers get a comfortable leather seat with enough legroom to be able to relax on the plane. Food, snacks and drinks are available for purchase throughout your flight, should you wish.
The seats in economy have between 32 inches of legroom, depending on the location of the seat, for example, exit row). The width of the seats between each armrest is 17 inches.
Passengers can choose to upgrade to premium economy class for their flight, where they can enjoy more personal space due to the middle seat being empty. In addition, passengers in premium economy can enjoy free food and drink included in the price of their ticket.
Premium economy class has a seat pitch of 32-34 inches and a width of 18.5 inch.
There is currently no business class on Lauda flights.
Lauda does not yet offer passengers a first-class fare.
Lauda check-in can be done online or via the app. Anyone who has purchased the basic fare will be charged for checking in at the airport.
Passengers are required to check-in online before flying, via the Ryanair website. The online check-in service opens 60 days before flying for passengers who are purchasing a seat, or if they have a Flexi Plus ticket, and will close 2 hours prior to the flights' scheduled departure time. Passengers who don't wish to pay for a seat can check-in from 48 hours before flying, up to 2 hours before their scheduled flight time.
Passengers who have not checked in online will be subject to extra fees and charges at the airport. Excluded from this rule are Flexi Plus customers or Business Plus customers, who are able to check-in at the airport free of charge.
Passengers can also choose to check-in via the Ryanair mobile app, which can be downloaded for iOS or Android phones. The same check-in deadlines apply for mobile as they do for online check-in, meaning it opens between 60 days to 2 hours before the flight for passengers buying a seat or passengers with Flexi Plus fares, and between 48 hours to 2 hours prior to flying for passengers not choosing a seat.
Lauda do not yet offer a frequent flyer program.
Lauda is not part of an airline alliance, but it is a subsidiary of Ryanair Holdings, making it a sister airline to Ryanair, Ryanair UK and Ryanair Sun.
If you need any type of special assistance, you can put a request in when making a booking with Alternative Airlines and we will pass on the information to the airline. Lauda is able to provide airport assistance, postural supports in the cabin, wheelchair assistance and many other services.
Lauda does not have in-flight entertainment provided on their flights but you are allowed to use your personal electronic devices on your flight.
There is currently no WiFi available on Lauda flights.
Lauda does not include and onboard food or drink items as part of the flight ticket price. However, there will be items such as snacks, light meals and lunches and drinks available to purchase onboard the plane. On some routes, there will also be hot meals such as lasagne and curries. If you have a dietary requirement, you can get the availability of that for different airlines here.
Passengers are welcome to bring with them their own food and drinks on the plane with them. If you need to check what food you can bring on a plane, please do so here.
Lauda currently operates scheduled flights mainly around Europe and occasionally to the Middle East. The airline operates flights year-round to many destinations, with some destinations having seasonal-only flights. See the tables below for the full list of destinations that the airline fly to:
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Vienna International Airport is an airport located in Austria's' Capital; Vienna. It was originally built in 1938 where it was used during World War II as a military airport and was later developed to facilitate commercial flights with new airport buildings and runway. It now has 2 runways and 3 terminals. It serves as an airport base for many European LCCs (Low-Cost Carrier) such as easyJet, Austrian Airlines and Wizz Air.
The Lauda fleet contains all Airbus A320-200 aircraft. As of February 2020, the airline had 24 of this aircraft in operation, with another one on order.
The company has previously stated that their fleet will remain exclusively Airbus, with future expansion plans detailing the purchase of at least 100 Airbus A321neo.
15 February 2020
The Vienna based airline has launched services between Düsseldorf to Seville. The route will be operated twice per week until winter 2020. Airbus A320 fleet will be operating between the two destinations.