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Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday

Renters in Austria face rising costs, experts alert against home-made stoves and electric heaters, Kaiser Wiesn is back and more news from Austria on Thursday.

Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday
Austria's Oktoberfest, the Viennese Kaiser Wiesn, is back. (Pressefotos © Stefan Joham)

Tenants in Austria to see rising operation costs in future

As inflation continues high in the country, renters of apartment buildings can expect increased “operation costs”, the Betriebskosten, affecting their bills at the end of the month, Krone reported.

With higher electricity bills, the costs for operating lifts, stairwell lightning and others will also go up and operation managers are set to increase the charges by “several hundred euros” in 2024 – they won’t rise next year as electricity contracts are closed years in advance, the report added.

READ ALSO: READER QUESTION: When should I turn on my heating in Austria this year?

Ryanair to increase ticket prices

Ryanair said it would increase ticket costs, with the average price rising from €40 to €50, Die Presse reported.

Ryanair Austria head Andreas Gruber added that the days of flying almost for free are over: “There will be no more 10-euro tickets”, he said. Still, the Irish airline expects the number of passengers to rise in the coming months as people start looking for cheaper transportation with the rising cost of living.

In Vienna alone, the number of passengers is expected to rise from six million to 6.5 million. RyanAir also starts operating from Klagenfurt in November when it expects an influx of 50,000 to 60,000 passengers.

READ ALSO: Ryanair announces eight new routes from Vienna for winter 2022

Austrian authorities warn against home-made stoves and improvised heating

As the first cold days arrive in Austria, many people are looking to save money on the expensive heating in their homes, broadcaster ORF reported.

With increasing oil, gas and electricity costs, some have been looking for alternatives to their conventional heating systems, even resorting to hastily installed wood-burning stoves, cheap or old electric heaters and other solutions.

However, experts warn that improper installation and operation can become a significant risk, turning these devices into fire hazards.

READ ALSO: Reader question: Should I buy an electric heater in Austria this winter?

The traditional Kaiser Wiesn is back in Vienna

It’s time to bring out your dirndl or lederhosen because from this Thursday until October 9th, the traditional Kaiser Wiesn festival, the Viennese Oktoberfest, is back in the Prater.

There are three large marquees, various rides, five “alpine pastures”, and typical Oktoberfest music for visitors. The festival starts daily at 11:30 am and finishes at 11:30 pm. It’s free entrance, except for the musical acts, with tickets that need to be purchased in advance.

READ ALSO: Wiener Weinwandertag: Everything you need to know about Vienna’s ‘Wine Hiking Day’

Weather

Screenshot from ZAMG

On the one hand, the high-pressure influence from the west will increase and it will be very sunny, but on the other hand, a small-scale disturbance zone will cross us from the north, Austria’s weather institute ZAMG said.

This will temporarily bring more clouds and a few rain showers to the eastern half of the country. Snowflakes will fall from the Toten Gebirge eastwards down to around 1800m.

Daytime highs will be between 12C to 19C, with the highest temperatures in the sunny west.

If you have any questions about life in Austria, ideas for articles or news tips for The Local, please get in touch with us at [email protected].

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Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday

Russia's Gazprom again fails to deliver gas through Austria, government to announce pension adjustments, Covid numbers rising and more news from Austria on Tuesday.

Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday

Russia’s Gazprom again won’t deliver gas via Austria

On Saturday, Gazprom suspended gas deliveries to Italy’s Eni, blaming an issue with Austria, as The Local reported.

Austria’s energy regulator said the issue concerned new rules for balance between imports and exports but didn’t have details on the specific Gazprom-Eni contracts. Still, it said the new regulations were presented to the market players “months in advance”.

This Tuesday, Gazprom informed the Italian energy group that it could not confirm the gas supply. Again due to the inability to dispatch gas through Austria.

READ ALSO: UPDATED: How reliant is Austria on Russia for energy?

Austrian gas storage facilities are 80 percent full

The gas storage facilities in Austria are now a good 80 percent complete, Austrian media reported.

However, the domestic suppliers, international traders and local industrial companies have paid many times more for the gas stored as a precaution in preparation for the cold season than in 2021.

Households in Austria have already been informed about the additional costs, or they will probably soon receive mail from their supplier. A five- to six-fold increase in the monthly bill is not uncommon, Der Standard said.

Austria’s federal government agrees on pension adjustment

The governing parties ÖVP and Greens have reached an agreement on the adjustment of pensions for 2023, Austrian media reported. The details will be announced this Tuesday by Social Affairs Minister Johannes Rauch (Greens) and ÖVP parliamentary party leader August Wöginger.

According to broadcaster ORF, the incomes of about 200,000 pensioners should be increased by about ten percent. For the other pensioners, there will be a socially graduated increase.

READ ALSO: Over half of Austrians on financially shaky ground: survey

Covid numbers on the rise

The number of positive Covid tests and hospital admissions due to the disease has been increasing in Austria for weeks, while progress in the fourth vaccination is stalling, the newspaper Die Presse reported.

However, the good news is that there is no sign of a new, more dangerous variant which could again increase the cases of severe courses of Covid-19, the report added.

Nevertheless, the situation now concerns doctors, and health authorities don’t rule out the return of measures such as an FFP2 mask mandate indoors in the coming months.

READ ALSO: Could Austria be spared another wave of Covid this winter?

Weather

Screenshot from ZAMG

In the southwest, sunshine will predominate after the local fog has dissipated, Austria’s meteorologic institute ZAMG said.

In the rest of Austria, there will still be some cloud fields. Isolated rain showers are most likely in the Weinviertel.

In the afternoon, the clouds will decrease and the sun will again return. The clouds will last the longest in the northeast. The daily high temperature will reach 15 to 21 degrees.

If you have any questions about life in Austria, ideas for articles or news tips for The Local, please get in touch with us at [email protected].

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