Ryanair’s Austrian carrier Laudamotion has dropped “motion” from its name and added three new UK routes for this winter.
Lauda will expand its fleet at its Vienna base to 11 aircraft in the autumn, with another three to be added for summer 2020.
New routes taking off this October include flights to Birmingham, Edinburgh and Liverpool airports.
In total, Lauda’s winter 2019/20 timetable from Vienna will grow by more than 20 routes.
The low-cost carrier was founded by Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda after he acquired many of the assets of the former Niki airline.
Ryanair took a 25% stake last March before completing a full acquisition of the Austrian AOC holder in January.
Beyond Vienna, it has bases in Dusseldorf and Stuttgart in Germany, and another in Palma de Majorca. The airline is understood to be looking at establishing a fifth base.
Lauda will fly three times a week to Edinburgh starting October 27, twice a week to Liverpool starting October 28 and three times a week to Birmingham starting October 29.
The new routes are Lauda’s first in the UK beyond Stansted, where it launched operations last October.
Routes will be operated by the airline’s growing fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft.
Flights to Edinburgh will operate on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; to Liverpool on Mondays and Fridays; and to Birmingham on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Fares will lead in from €19.99 (£17.30) one-way.
Andreas Gruber, Lauda managing director, said: “Our routes work because we have the right offer for price-sensitive customers. In particular, with our new city shuttle routes, we’re sure to increase traffic with our new non-stop service to and from Vienna.”