Austria’s transport minister warned that as many as 10,000 passengers could be affected, due to the close down of Niki airline yesterday, although several airlines have offered to fly stranded travellers back to Germany, Austria and Switzerland for a small fee. Passengers who have booked their flight with a tour operator are kindly asked to contact their tour operator by the airline.
Niki had a fleet of 30 aircraft and served around 30 cities, making it Austria’s second largest carrier. It was founded in 2003 by Niki Lauda, and merged with Air Berlin in 2011, sharing booking systems and planes. Niki, along with its parent company, struggled in recent years. Routes to Copenhagen, Moscow and Frankfurt were scrapped in 2014 due to low demand, flight Abu Dhabi – was ditched in 2016, and services to Linz, Milan, Zurich fell by the wayside in 2017.
After European Commission withdrew its backing due to competition concerns, the bankrupt airline is now desperately searching for a new buyer.