International Airlines Group (IAG) has announced it plans to create a new Austrian-based low-cost carrier under its Level brand, using four Airbus A321 narrowbodies sourced from now-defunct Air Berlin, the company said.
The European airline group says its new short-haul subsidiary will have Austrian air operator´s certificate (AOC) and be based at Vienna airport. The four ex-Air Berlin A321s will be configured with 210 economy seats.
Operations are to begin on 17 July with flights from Vienna to Spanish island Majorca and London Gatwick. The list of destinations will subsequently be joined by six more in Spain — Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Ibiza, Malaga and Valencia — plus three Italian airports: Milan Malpensa, Olbia and Venice; Paris Charles de Gaulle, Dubrovnik in Croatia and Cypriot resort Larnaca will also be served by the carrier.
International Airlines Group is one of the world´s largest airline groups, and the holding company of Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia and Vueling.