Blue Danube Airport Linz
|IATA: LNZ – ICAO: LOWL|
|Operator||Flughafen Linz GesmbH|
|Elevation AMSL||977 ft / 298 m|
|Coordinates||48°14′00″N 14°11′15″E / 48.23333°N 14.18750°ECoordinates: 48°14′00″N 14°11′15″E / 48.23333°N 14.18750°E|
Location of airport in Austria
Linz Airport (IATA: LNZ, ICAO: LOWL), also known as Blue Danube Airport Linz and formerly Hörsching Airport, is a minor international airport near Linz, the third-largest city of Austria. It mainly features flights to European leisure and some metropolitan destinations.
Air traffic used to take place at the Südbahnhofmarkt in the center of Linz where the zeppelin Estaric I took off on the 30th October 1909. In 1925 air traffic was established between Linz and Vienna. Starting in 1934, the air traffic operation was based in the Linz-Katzenau district (nowadays industrial center), which was later terminated by the NSDAP after 1938. The airport was then moved to Hörsching.
|October 1943||December 1943||I./KG 51 (Bomber Wing 51)|
|November 1943||March 1944||III./KG 76|
|October 1944||April 1944||II./KG(J) 27|
|April 1945||April 1945||II./KG 51|
|April 1945||May 1945||I./JG 52 (Fighter Wing 52)|
Since 1956 regular passenger air traffic takes place. Since 1966 daily flight connections to Frankfurt Airport are available.
Development since the 1970s
In 1972 a passenger terminal was built, which was officially opened in 1976. Since 1985 the flight path is equipped with an Instrument landing system, category IIIb. In the years 1998 to 2003 the passenger terminal was adjusted and enlarged. In 2005 a new instrument landing system (ILS) was put into operation at the runway 08/26.
Until 1989 the supersonic jet Concorde landed several times at the airport. Since the 90s some cargo flights were dispatched by the high-capacity transporter Antonov An-124 Ruslan. In 2003 the world's largest cargo aircraft Antonov An-225 landed in Austria. On 2 June 2010 a Lufthansa Airbus A380-800 landed at Linz Airport coming from Vienna and left for Munich.
Linz has been the second largest airport in Austria since 1978, although cargo transactions are mostly done by trucks. Amerer Air operated from the airport Linz from 1995 until 2009 and was the only cargo company in Austria. In June 1994 the cargo terminal 1 was finished. In October 2013 the cargo terminal 5 was put into operation. 6 Million Euro were invested in the new cargo terminal.
According to the number of passengers, Linz Airport is the fifth largest airport in Austria after Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Graz. The airport is a shared property. 50% belong to the general state Upper Austria and 50% belong to the city of Linz.
In February 2015, Austrian Airlines announced to cut their domestic route between Linz and the capital Vienna from six down to two daily flights as most travellers are expected to use the newly improved rail link between the two cities. Since the inauguration of the new rail services in December 2014, the direct journey from Linz main station to Vienna International Airport takes only 1:47 without a change of trains. In September 2016, Austrian Airlines cut down their Linz-Vienna route again to only one daily flight per direction stating extremely poor passenger numbers. Most travelers between both cities are now using the aforementioned rail link as nearly one Railjet per hour departs Linz for Vienna on which Austrian Airlines sells AirRail tickets as well.
Because of geopolitical crises and terrorist attacks in holiday destinations, the demand for package holiday has declined all over Europe. The blue danube airport noted a drop in the destinations of Egypt and Turkey. In cooperation with ARGE "Flieg from Linz", Ibiza and Burgas were therefore included in the summer program 2016 and Tenerife in the winter program.
Linz Airport is relatively small, with 11 gates. There is a shop and café in the entrance hall, together with the check-in and airline desks. Beyond the security checks there is a duty-free shop and a small café accessible from both the domestic and international gate areas.
The airport is equipped with a 3000 meter long precision runway with two instrumental landing systems, as well as a helicopter landing pad. For medium-haul aircraft 16 parking positions are available. Linz Airport is actually a military airport but with a civil right of use. The civil part is located north of the landing strip. To the south lie the second largest barracks of Austria as well as a military airfield named “Fliegerhorst Vogler”. On 1 November 2010, both runway 09/27 and helicopter landing pad 07/25 were renamed to runway 08/26 and helicopter landing pad 07/25 due to permanent changes in the magnetic declination. Since the submitted variation of the compass rose results in such a magnetic value which lies closer to 08/26 than the existing identification code 09/27, the Austrian flight control Austro Control initiated the tracking of the new runway designation.
The Cargo sector of the airport operates worldwide under the brand Air Cargo Center. Linz Airport had a growth rate of 0.9% in terms of cargo transactions in the year 2012. 43.357 tons of cargo were handled. Besides the daily rotation of DHL Aviation (Ljubljana – Linz – Leipzig) extra cargo transactions are often handled. The first cargo terminal was completed in 1994. A year later the new extensions was already in progress and opened finale in 1996. In 2000 followed the opening of the third cargo terminal. In June 2014 DHL Global Forwarding transported 9.5 tons of steel tiling from Linz to Mumbai by a Boeing 747-400F. Following the ongoing expansion of the cargo facilities and the opening of cargo terminal 5 on the 17th October 2013, a building the size of 70x35 meters, a 2.900 m² cargo hall, 12 loading bays as well as two sawtooth ramps were created. Linz Airport is also equipped to dispatch jumbo jets.
The General Aviation Center is housed in a separate terminal and coordinates among others the following points: Passport and customs checks, refueling, cleaning, defrosting as well as several other passenger and crew services.
Linz-Hörsching airport is operated by Flughafen Linz GmbH, which is owned by equal parts of 50 % by the OÖ VERKEHRSHOLDING GMBH and the City of Linz. Gerhard Kunesch is the Managing Director since 1998.
Airlines and destinations
|Austrian Airlines|| Düsseldorf, Vienna |
Seasonal charter: Antalya, Chania, Karpathos, Kos, Larnaca, Rhodes, Santorini, Zakynthos
|Czech Airlines||Seasonal charter: Brač|
|Lufthansa Regional |
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
|Niki|| Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife-South |
Seasonal charter: Antalya, Corfu, Heraklion, Hurghada, Kos, Rhodes, Sharm el-Sheikh
|SunExpress||Seasonal charter: Antalya|
|DHL Aviation |
operated by Atlantic Airlines
|Year||Passengers||Flight operations||Air cargo||Cargo total (incl. Trucking)|
Accidents and incidents
The database of the Aviation Safety Network collects all fatal flight accidents worldwide since 1943. There are no registered accidents in the closer area of Linz Airport since the last update in 2014.
- On 8 January 1968, Douglas C-47B YU-ABK of Jugoslovenski Aerotransport was operating an international scheduled cargo flight from Riem Airport, Munich, West Germany to Pleso Airport, Zagreb, Yugoslavia when a fire developed in one of the engines. An attempt was made to divert to Hörsching Airport but the aircraft force landed short of the airport in a forest at Sankt Florian. All four people on board survived.
The airport can be reached via federal highways B139 (which connects to motorway A1 Vienna – Germany) and B1. Taxis and car rental facilities are available at the airport. There are three short-stay and schedule car parks, which offer place for 1,050 cars. Additionally, there are two large car parks with 2,300 parking spaces which are located at the side of the terminal. Passengers can use a shuttle service that takes them to the departure hall.
Bus line 601 connects the airport within 20 minutes with the city centre of Linz. There is an additional free shuttle service for travellers from Hörsching railway station which itself can be reached from Linz main station.
The blue danube airport Linz gets support from the URIS (Umfeld Rückkoppelungs- und Informations-System)- Council in its environmental concerns. The Council was founded in 1999 and works as a neutral contact point for all neighboring communities. In the URIS-council following interest groups are represented:
- Residents communities Ansfelden, Hörsching, Kirchberg-Thenning, Linz, Leonding, Marchtrenk, Oftering, Pasching, Traun
- Bezirkshauptmannschaft Linz-Land
- Federal Ministry of Defence
- Economic Chamber, district office Linz-Land
- Chamber of Labour Upper Austria
- Industrialists Association Upper Austria
- Airport Linz
Aircraft noise measurement
At the end of 2003 three new noise monitoring stations have been set up in the region of Linz airport, which measure and record around the clock the current sound level. The two stationary stations (Oftering and Traun) as well as the mobile measuring trailer were purchased from the Blue Danube Airport to complement the existing aircraft nose measurements. The stationary stations are 2,500 m (fire brigade Oftering) or 3,000 m (cemetery Linz) away from the nearest slope. The environmental protection department of Upper Austria analyzes the results and documents them in regular reports. The current maximum value is 87.2 dB (civil) and 93.7 dB (military) in Oftering, 89.2 dB (civil) and 94.0 dB (military) in Traun and 81.8 dB (civil) and 87.0 dB (military) at the mobile station (status 2014).
The airport has its own fire department whose area of responsibility is stated in national and international guidelines. The fire department has 6 cars with a total of 37,000 liters of water and 4500 kg foam or powder.
The Runway Night Run is a 5 km long marathon which takes place on the slopes of the Blue Danube Airport in Linz. Participate can individual athletes as well as teams of three people. The starters of the teams are also included in the individual competition. The start and finish of the marathon are located at the Northwest corner of the shelf. The route runs along the apron of the taxiway "Foxtrot" to the runway. In the east at the end of the runway "08" is the turning point. Then it goes south to the runway "26" which leads you west to the taxiway "Golf" and finally to the finish line. Apart from the location, the beginning at exactly midnight is another special feature of the marathon.
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Media related to Linz Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- Current weather for LOWL at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for LNZ at Aviation Safety Network