• With immediate effect, Austrian Airlines passengers can purchase FlixBus tickets with their flight booking
• The integration of the new service is enabled by the Berlin start-up company Yilu
Austrian Airlines expands its digital offering and network with other forms of transport. Since October, passengers of Austria’s home carrier can directly purchase tickets with the long-distance bus provider FlixBus on austrian.com after their flight booking as part of a six-month trial. Passengers can book their trip to or from Vienna Airport or other Austrian Airlines destinations and benefit from the international route network of the long-distance bus company. Thanks to the digital platform of the Berlin-based startup Yilu founded in 2018, Austrian Airlines passengers can book their bus ticket without leaving the airline’s digital environment.
Cities such as Maribor, Brünn and Győr are among the most important direct flight connections offered from and to Vienna Airport. In total, the airport is connected to about 50 destinations, most of which are international. Austrian Airlines passengers can now book FlixBus tickets for a seamless onward travel at their flight destination. The coach provider serves several European airports, including the Austrian Airlines destinations Oslo, Hamburg, Zurich or Brussels.
“In line with the increasing digitalization we want to continuously improve the booking experience of our guests. In addition, we would like to expand our mobility offers before and after the flight. By collaborating with Yilu, we strengthen our pioneering role in modern, digital solutions for our customers and complement our flight schedule and existing AIRail offering”, states Christian Novosel, Head of Strategy Austrian Airlines.
Yilu CEO Mark Meusch explains the underlying concept of the startup: “Yilu provides a smart end-to-end travel platform that enables airlines and other companies in the tourist industry to offer personalized digital services, recommendations and information along the travel chain. Our goal is to make the travel experiences even more pleasant while generating added value for our business partners.”
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