People's

People's,[3] branded as People's Viennaline until May 2018,[3] and legally Altenrhein Luftfahrt GmbH, is an Austrian airline headquartered in Vienna. It operates scheduled and charter passenger flights mainly from its base at St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport in Switzerland.[1]

People's
IATA ICAO Callsign
PE[1] PEV[2] PEOPLES[2]
Founded2010
Commenced operations2011
Operating basesSt. Gallen–Altenrhein Airport
Fleet size2
Destinations11
HeadquartersVienna, Austria
Websitepeoples.ch

History

Founded as People's Viennaline in 2010, the first revenue flight of the company took place on 27 March 2011.[2] For several years, People's only operated a single scheduled route between its homebase and Vienna. However, the route network has since been expanded with some seasonal and charter services.

In November 2016, People's inaugurated the world's shortest international jet route (and, after St. Maarten-Anguilla, second shortest international route overall). The flight from St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport, Switzerland to Friedrichshafen Airport, Germany took only eight minutes of flight over Lake Constance and could‘ve been booked individually. The airline faced severe criticism for this service from politicians and environmental organisations. This leg was part of its then new St.Gallen/Altenrhein-Friedrichshafen-Cologne/Bonn service.[4] However, this entire route has been terminated entirely by the mid of April 2017 due to low passenger numbers.[5] Shortly after, the airline announced plans to terminate its last remaining route from Friedrichshafen (to Vienna) as well.[6]

In May 2018, People's Viennaline announced a rebrand to the shortened People's in order to reflect their widened route network.[3]

In October 2019, the airline announced major restructuring measures mainly consisting of the phase-out of one of their two aircraft and the closure of all charter operations outside of their St. Gallen/Althenrhein base.[7]

Destinations

Current destinations

As of October 2019, People's operates one year-round scheduled route and some seasonal scheduled and charter services:[1]

Austria
Croatia
Greece
Italy
Spain
Switzerland

Terminated destinations

Fleet

As of August 2019, People's operates the following aircraft:[10]

People's fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Embraer 170 2 76[11] 1 to be phased out[7]
Total 2

References

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