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Flights launched between Vienna and Manchester

Thousands of holidaymakers from northern England can now waltz away from Manchester on a direct flight to Vienna - the first flight from the country that takes off outside London.

The first flight between the northern city and the Austrian capital took off last week on 2 May, just in time for the British May bank holiday. Already 8,000 Brits have bought tickets with airline company operating the route Jet2.com.

"Vienna is one of the largest un-served European resorts and it appeals to lots of customers, businesses and travel. It’s a great city and I know what is has to offer," said David Neill, the head of Jet2.com planning.

"People are used to regular city breaks such as Rome or Paris, and we wanted to offer somewhere different."

Jet2 are hoping that Vienna's cultural, musical, and cuisine offerings will attract visitors from Manchester and the surrounding regions who want to discover an alternative European city break.

Prices begin at 43 GBP (52 EUR) per person, including taxes, and there will be three flights a week on Mondays, Wednesday, and Friday.

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