Safe Travel With Austrian Airlines

Your next flight is imminent and you want to travel as safely and carefree as possible? Our step-by-step instructions show you how:

When Booking the Flight

While Packing the Suitcase

At the Check-in

During the Airport Transfer

At Vienna International Airport

During Boarding

During the Flight

After the Flight


The suspension of priority boarding is only intended for short-haul flights. For long-haul flights, we still offer priority boarding.

Our system automatically assigns passengers to seats with the most possible distant spacing (depending on the occupancy rate). However, it is still possible to choose any preferences for seating during web check-in (e.g. as far in the front as possible, etc.).

The original regulation of the Lufthansa Group Airlines to keep the neighbouring seat free in Economy and Premium Economy Class is no longer applicable, as there is sufficient health protection by wearing masks.

The airline association IATA has also spoken out against keeping middle seats empty in aircraft. Instead, passengers should wear masks during the flight as a measure to reduce the risk of infection.

Due to the current occupancy factors, however, seats should be distributed as widely as possible throughout the cabin.

At Austrian Airlines, there will be no change in the hand baggage regulations according to current information. To facilitate handling, we ask our passengers to check in their hand baggage free of charge.

We are currently evaluating when the lounges can be opened again and under what conditions. We are also evaluating alternatives for the time being in order to be able to offer our guests the service they are used to.

As we do not yet know when the lounges will re-open and with what services, there is no revised cleaning concept. In any case, the cleaning of the lounges will comply with all specifications and measures when they are re-opened.

As we do not yet know when and with what offer the lounges will re-open, there is no concept for this yet. The lounge hygiene standards will comply with all legal requirements and measures.

The entire airport/terminal area is available for use, including all catering facilities that are already open. The waiting areas at the gates can also be used to wait for departure

We have reduced the choice of food and beverages. In this way, we want to reduce the touchpoints and the duration of contact between crews and passengers. Drinks can always be refilled in a new glass or cup.

Whether and when the accustomed "full service" will return also depends on the overall COVID-19 situation. The domestic catering sector regulations are certainly the main guideline.

The Business Class Service remains mostly unchanged. Only service components have been adapted to protect our customers and our crew.

The guidelines for food production are compliant with the legal hygiene protocols.

We have introduced a mask requirement onboard our aircraft for the duration of the entire flight (exceptions: medical reasons and children under 6 years of age). From September 1, 2020 an exemption from the obligation to wear a mask during the flight for medical reasons will only be possible if a medical certificate is presented on a form provided by the airline. The medical certificate can be downloaded here.

This also applies to all other airlines in the Lufthansa Group. Austrian Airlines is thus following the official regulations of numerous European countries in which the wearing of a mouth and nose protection in public is now mandatory.

We ask our passengers to bring their own protective masks, just as they do on other public transport. A reusable fabric mask is recommended, but all other types of coverings, such as simple disposable masks or scarves, are also possible if they cover the mouth and nose and have no valve. Face Shields (visors) and FFP2/FFP3 masks with a valve cannot be worn as a replacement.

Face shields may not be worn on our flights as a replacement for a mask, as they only catch the droplets that are expelled directly forward and allow the breath to escape on the side. They, therefore, do not represent comparable protection.

We ask our passengers to bring their own protective masks.

Austrian Airlines resumed flight operations on the 15th of June 2020. You can view our current flight schedule at

Vienna Airport is open. Due to the reduced number of flights on offer, all handling activities are temporarily consolidated in Terminal 3. You can find further information directly at: