August 29, 2018 / 10:54 AM / 8 months ago

Laudamotion to double Airbus fleet next year

Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary addresses a news conference in Vienna, Austria, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian leisure airline Laudamotion, which is majority-owned by Ryanair (RYA.I), plans to double its Airbus (AIR.PA) fleet to 18 next year, its managing director said on Wednesday.

“In 2019, we expect 18 Airbus planes, which adds 9 aircraft to our current (Airbus) fleet,” Andreas Gruber told a news conference.

Negotiations with a trade union regarding a collective wage agreement are ongoing, Gruber said, adding that Laudamotion will increase the salaries for its pilots from April.

Reporting by Kirsti Knolle; editing by Jason Neely

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