There is no shortage of staff as with other airlines – such as the AUA parent company Lufthansa – thanks to short-time work and 150 new jobs for cabin crew. However, the company is suffering from the supply problems at the Schwechat refinery after an accident in early June, Mann said in today’s “Ö1-Morgenjournal”.
A “black zero” will probably not go out in the balance sheet this year, the reason for this is the high price of kerosene. And after the AUA had already made several rounds of savings in the past, the only thing that can now be reacted to is the ticket prices. “Of course, our only chance of becoming profitable again is to increase ticket prices. (…) You will feel that in the future, too, flying is becoming more expensive,” says Mann. The development will take full effect next year.
Regarding the problems with the kerosene supply by OMV, Mann said that AUA would still be holding talks about how the damage would be compensated. Don’t think of a dispute in court. The supply problems would mean that the aircraft would be refueled “in advance”, which would increase the flight weight and thus lead to additional consumption.