Vienna International Airport

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Vienna International Airport
Flughafen Wien-Schwechat
Airport type Public
Operator Flughafen Wien AG
Serves Vienna, Austria and
Bratislava, Slovakia
Location Schwechat, Austria
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 183 m / 600 ft
Coordinates 48°06′37″N 016°34′11″E / 48.11028°N 16.56972°E / 48.11028; 16.56972Coordinates: 48°06′37″N 016°34′11″E / 48.11028°N 16.56972°E / 48.11028; 16.56972

Location within Austria

Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 3,500 11,483 Asphalt
16/34 3,600 11,811 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Aircraft Movements 226,811 Decrease 1.7%
Passenger Movements 22,775,054 Increase 1.3%
Freight (in tons) 272,575 Decrease 1.8%
Source: Flughafen Wien AG[1]

Vienna International Airport (German: Flughafen Wien-Schwechat; IATA: VIE, ICAO: LOWW) is the international airport of Vienna, the capital of Austria, located in Schwechat, 18 km (11 mi) southeast of central Vienna and 57 km west of Bratislava. It is the country's biggest airport and serves as the hub for Austrian Airlines and Niki. It is capable of handling wide-body aircraft such as the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 747. The airport features a dense network of European destinations as well as long-haul flights to Asia, North America and Africa. During 2015, the airport handled 22,775,054 passengers, a 1.3% increase compared to 2014, and it recorded 226,811 aircraft movements.[1]


Early years

Originally built as a military airport in 1938, and used during World War II as the Heinkel firm's southern military aircraft design and production complex, or Heinkel-Süd facility, it was taken over by the British in 1945. In 1954, the Betriebsgesellschaft was founded, and the airport replaced Aspern as Vienna's (and Austria's) principal aerodrome. There was just one runway, which in 1959 was expanded to measure 3,000 m (9,843 ft). The erection of the new airport building starting in 1959.

In 1972 another runway was built. In 1982 the airport was connected to the national motorway network (Ostautobahn). In 1986 the enlarged arrivals hall was opened, and in 1988 Pier East with 8 jetbridges.

Flughafen Wien AG, one of the few publicly traded airport operators in Europe, was privatised in 1992. The state of Lower Austria and the City of Vienna each hold 20% of the shares, the private employee participation foundation holds 10%, with the remaining 50% held privately.[2] The shares are part of the Austrian Traded Index.

In 1992, the new Terminal 1 was opened and a year later the shopping area around the plaza in the transit area of the B, C and D gates. In 1996 Pier West with 12 jetbridges got in operation.

Development since the 2000s

In 2006 the 109 m (358 ft) tall control tower started operating. It allows a free overview of the entire airport area and offers a night laser show, which should welcome the passengers even from the aircraft. From 2004–2007 an Office Park had been erected offering 69,000 m2 (740,000 sq ft) of rentable space. A VIP- and general aviation-terminal, including a separated apron, opened in 2006.

To accommodate future growth, in 1998 Vienna Airport published a master plan that outlined expansion projects until 2015. These projects included a new office park, railway station, cargo center, general aviation center, air traffic control tower, terminal, and runway. Additionally, the plan called for streamlined security control.[3] The centerpiece of the enlargement was the new terminal, dubbed Skylink during its construction. In 2002, the airport's management estimated that building the new terminal will cost 401.79 million.[4] However, costs skyrocketed and in 2009 stood at an estimated 929.5 million.[4] The Austrian Court of Audit then recommended that the airport implement several cost-savings measures, which in the Court's estimate brought down final costs to 849.15 million, still more than double the original plans.[4]

On June 5, 2012, the new Austrian Star Alliance Terminal (Terminal 3, named Skylink during its construction) was opened, which enables the airport to handle up to 30 million passengers per year.[5] Construction started in 2004 and was suspended due to projected cost increases in 2009, but resumed in 2010. The maximum planned costs totaled less than €770 million.[6] Following concerns over the mismanagement of the Skylink project, chief executive Herbert Kaufman agreed to resign at the end of December 2010.[7] The new building with its North Pier has 17 jetbridges and makes the airport capable of handling more aircraft, although the new terminal is not able to handle Airbus A380 aircraft. However, the older Concourse D will see an upgrade to accommodate the A380.[8]


Interior of Terminal 1
Interior of Terminal 1A
Interior of Terminal 3

Vienna International Airport has four terminal buildings named Terminal 1, 2 and 3 which are directly built against each other as well as the additional Terminal 1A located opposite Terminal 1. Terminals 1, 2 and 3 connect to the five concourses. The central arrivals hall for all terminal areas is located in Terminal 3.[9]



Expansion projects

Vienna Airport originally projected that it will need a third runway by 2012, or 2016 at the latest, in the event of cooperation with nearby Bratislava Airport.[3] It currently projects that a third runway will be necessary by 2025,[10] however, environmental organizations and some local communities oppose construction.[11] These groups have attacked the decision of Lower Austria (the state in which the airport is located) to move ahead with the first phase of construction; verdict from the administrative court that has taken up the lawsuit was expected later in 2015.[12] As of September 2016, there are ongoing public protests while still no legal decision has been made.[13]

Airlines and destinations


The following airlines offer regular scheduled and charter flights at Vienna International Airport:[14]

Adria Airways Ljubljana 3-B,C
Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal: Heraklion
Aer Lingus Dublin 3-D
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo 1-D
operated by Rossiya
Saint Petersburg 1-D
Air Algerie Algiers 1-D
airBaltic Riga, Tallinn 3-B,C
Air Berlin Berlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover 1-B,C
Air Cairo Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh 3-D
Air China Barcelona, Beijing-Capital 3-D
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle 1-C
Air India Delhi 3-G
Air Malta Malta 1-C
Air Moldova Chișinău 1-D
Air Serbia Belgrade 1-D
Air VIA Charter: Burgas, Varna 3-D
ASL Airlines France Seasonal charter: Bordeaux, Toulouse 1A-C
Austrian Airlines Amman-Queen Alia, Amsterdam, Antalya, Athens, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Basel/Mulhouse, Beijing-Capital, Belgrade, Berlin-Tegel, Bologna, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Cairo, Chicago-O'Hare, Chișinău, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Dnipropetrovsk, Düsseldorf, Erbil, Frankfurt, Funchal, Geneva, Gothenburg (resumes 2 June 2017),[15] Gran Canaria, Graz, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Iași, Ibiza, Innsbruck, Isfahan, Kiev-Boryspil, Klagenfurt, Košice, Kraków, Krasnodar, Lanzarote, Larnaca, Leipzig/Halle, Linz, London-Heathrow, Luxor, Lviv, Lyon, Manchester, Marrakesh, Miami, Milan-Malpensa, Minsk, Moscow-Domodedovo, Munich, Newark, New York-JFK, Nice, Odessa, Oslo-Gardermoen, Palma de Mallorca, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Podgorica, Prague, Pristina, Salzburg, Sarajevo, Shanghai-Pudong, Sharm el-Sheikh, Sibiu, Skopje, Sofia, Stockholm-Arlanda, Stuttgart, Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Tenerife-South, Thessaloniki, Tirana, Toronto-Pearson, Varna, Venice, Vilnius, Warsaw-Chopin, Washington-Dulles, Yerevan, Zagreb, Zürich
Seasonal: Astana, Barcelona, Bari, Bodrum, Cagliari, Catania, Cephalonia, Chania, Chios, Colombo, Corfu, Dalaman, Dubrovnik, Faro, Florence, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Havana, Heraklion, Kalamata, Karpathos, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Los Angeles (begins 10 April 2017),[16][17] Mahé (begins 25 October 2017),[18] Malé, Mauritius, Menorca, Mykonos, Mytilene, Naples, Ohrid, Olbia, Palermo, Patras, Preveza, Reykjavik-Keflavik, Rhodes, St Petersburg, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Split, Volos, Zakynthos
Seasonal charter: Glasgow, Jersey, Shannon
Austrian Airlines
operated by Condor
Bucharest, Sofia (both end 31 December 2016)[19] 3-D
BH Air Charter: Burgas 3-D
British Airways London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow 1-D
Brussels Airlines Brussels 3-F
Bulgaria Air Sofia
Seasonal: Varna
Bulgarian Air Charter Charter: Burgas, Varna 3-D
China Airlines Taipei-Taoyuan 1-D
Condor Seasonal: Punta Cana, Varadero 3-D
Croatia Airlines Zagreb
Seasonal: Split
Czech Airlines Seasonal charter: Brač 1A-D
Dniproavia Seasonal: Ivano-Frankivsk 3-D
easyJet Amsterdam, Berlin-Schönefeld, Bristol, Edinburgh, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Lyon, Manchester, Naples 1-B,C,D
easyJet Switzerland Geneva 1A-B,C
EgyptAir Cairo 3-G
El Al Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion 3-D
Emirates Dubai-International 3-D
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Milan-Malpensa (begins 26 March 2017),[20] Stockholm-Arlanda (ends 25 March 2017)[20] 3-D
Eurowings Alicante, Barcelona, Bastia, Düsseldorf, Faro, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hamburg, Hanover, London-Stansted, Málaga, Nuremberg, Pisa, Palma de Mallorca, Rome-Fiumicino, Valencia
Seasonal: Jerez de la Frontera, Kavala (begins 2 May 2017), Lamezia Terme (begins 8 April 2017), Zadar (begins 8 April 2017)
operated by Germanwings
Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart 3-F
EVA Air Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Taipei-Taoyuan 3-D
operated by Air Berlin
Helsinki 1-C
operated by Nordic Regional Airlines
Helsinki 1-C
Freebird Airlines Charter: Antalya, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökcen, Izmir 3-D
Germania Seasonal: Rostock (begins 26 May 2017)[21] TBD
Georgian Airways Tbilisi 3-D
Iberia Madrid 1-B,C
Iran Air Tehran-Imam Khomeini 3-D Edinburgh
Seasonal: Belfast-International, Leeds/Bradford, Newcastle upon Tyne
KLM Amsterdam 1-C
operated by KLM Cityhopper
Amsterdam 1-C
Korean Air Seoul-Incheon
Seasonal: Zürich1
Kuwait Airways Seasonal: Kuwait City 1A-D
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw-Chopin 3-F
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich 3-F
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Munich 3-F
Luxair Luxembourg 3-B
Montenegro Airlines Podgorica
Seasonal: Tivat
operated by LOT Polish Airlines
Tallinn 3-B,C
Nouvelair Seasonal: Enfidha 3-D
Niki Abu Dhabi, Agadir, Alicante, Barcelona, Catania, Faro, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Lanzarote, Larnaca, Madrid, Malaga, Malta, Marrakesh, Marsa Alam, Milan-Linate, Nice, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rome-Fiumicino, Stockholm-Arlanda, Tenerife-South, Valencia, Zürich
Seasonal: Antalya, Cephalonia, Chania, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Florence, Funchal, Heraklion, Ibiza, Innsbruck, Kalamata, Karpathos, Kavala, Kos, Menorca, Mykonos, Mytilene, Olbia, Preveza, Reykjavik-Keflavik, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Split, Volos, Zakynthos
Seasonal charter: Burgas, Genoa, Lamezia Terme, Luxor, Sharm el-Sheikh
Norwegian Air Shuttle Oslo-Gardermoen 1A-C
Onur Air Istanbul-Atatürk 1A-D
Pegasus Airlines Ankara, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen
Seasonal: Antalya
People's Viennaline St. Gallen/Altenrhein
Seasonal charter: Olbia, Preveza (begins 13 June 2017)[22]
Qatar Airways Doha 3-D
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia 3-D
S7 Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo (begins 26 March 2017)[23][24] 1-D
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen 3-F
SkyWork Airlines Bern 1A-B
SunExpress Antalya, Izmir
Seasonal: Dalaman
SunExpress Deutschland Seasonal: Marrakesh, Varna 1A-D
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich 3-F
TAP Portugal Lisbon 3-F
TAROM Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca 1-D
Transavia Rotterdam 1A-C
Transavia France Paris-Orly 1A-C
TUIfly Seasonal: Heraklion, Hurghada, Kos, Rhodes 1A-B,C
Tunisair Tunis 3-D
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen
Seasonal: Ankara, Antalya, Kayseri, Samsun, Trabzon
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev-Boryspil 3-D
Volotea Marseille (begins 10 April 2017),[25] Nantes (begins 7 April 2017)[26] TBA
Vueling Barcelona, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rome-Fiumicino 1A-C


Asiana CargoFrankfurt, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Seoul-Incheon, Moscow-Domodedovo
ASL Airlines BelgiumAthens, Liège, Ljubljana
CargoluxBangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Doha, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Novosibirsk, Taipei-Taoyuan
FedEx ExpressBudapest, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Korean Air CargoBasel/Mulhouse, Brussels, Copenhagen, Milan-Malpensa, Navoi, Seoul-Incheon, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Oslo-Gardermoen, Zaragoza
Silk Way AirlinesBaku, Hanoi, Milan-Malpensa, Seoul-Incheon
Turkish Airlines CargoIstanbul-Atatürk, Minsk
UPS AirlinesBudapest, Cologne/Bonn


Traffic figures

Austrian Airlines Boeing 767-300ER taxiing at Vienna International Airport
Emirates Boeing 777-300ER taking off from Vienna International Airport
Korean Air Airbus A330-300 departing at Vienna International Airport
China Airlines Airbus A340-300 landing at Vienna International Airport
Traffic by calendar year. Official ACI Statistics
Passengers Change from previous year Aircraft operations Change from previous year Cargo
(metric tons)
Change from previous year
2005 15,859,050 Increase 7.26% 252,988 Increase 3.42% 180,066 Increase13.77%
2006 16,855,725 Increase 6.28% 260,846 Increase 3.11% 201,870 Increase12.11%
2007 18,768,468 Increase11.35% 280,912 Increase 7.69% 205,024 Increase 1.56%
2008 19,747,289 Increase 5.22% 292,740 Increase 4.21% 201,364 Decrease 1.79%
2009 18,114,103 Decrease 8.27% 261,758 Decrease10.58% 198,407 Decrease 1.47%
2010 19,691,206 Increase 8.71% 265,150 Increase 1.30% 231,824 Increase16.84%
2011 21,106,292 Increase 7.19% 266,865 Increase 0.65% 291,313 Increase25.66%
2012 22,195,794 Increase 5.02% 264,542 Decrease 0.87% 265,467 Decrease 8.89%
2013 21,999,926 Decrease 0.75% 250,224 Decrease 5.41% 268,155 Increase 1.03%
2014 22,483,158 Increase 2.20% 249,989 Decrease 0.09% 290,116 Increase 8.19%
Source: Airports Council International. World Airport Traffic Reports
(Years 2005,[27] 2006,[28] 2007,[29] 2009,[30] 2011,[31] 2012,[32] 2013,[33] and 2014[34])

Busiest routes

Busiest routes at Vienna Airport, excluding transit passengers (2014)
Rank Destination Passengers Change
Rank Destination Passengers Change
Europe and Turkey 16 Romania Bucharest 405,524 Decrease 3.6%
1 Germany Frankfurt 1,346,063 Increase 2.9% 17 Denmark Copenhagen 379,201 Decrease 8.6%
2 Switzerland Zürich 957,652 Increase 1.0% 18 Germany Stuttgart 337,241 Increase 0.4%
3 United Kingdom London 911,471 Increase 8.0% 19 Bulgaria Sofia 322,671 Decrease 4.8%
4 Germany Düsseldorf 791,427 Increase 4.2% 20 Turkey Antalya 280,144 Increase 17.2%
5 Germany Berlin 785,324 Increase 6.7% Intercontinental
6 France Paris 768,681 Increase 0.0% 1 United Arab Emirates Dubai 458,614 Increase 3.3%
7 Turkey Istanbul 681,679 Increase 4.5% 2 Israel Tel Aviv 313,089 Decrease 4.4%
8 Russia Moscow 646,994 Decrease 11.2% 3 Thailand Bangkok 282,782 Increase 5.3%
9 Germany Hamburg 560,490 Increase 3.6% 4 United States New York 220,545 incl. EWR
10 Germany Munich 539,321 Decrease 3.6% 5 Cyprus Larnaca 201,852 Increase 22.4%
11 Netherlands Amsterdam 535,891 Increase 4.1% 6 Japan Tokyo 148,393 Decrease 0.2%
12 Belgium Brussels 430,718 Increase 5.1% 7 United States Washington 147,538 Increase 17.0%
13 Italy Rome 425,907 Increase 9.6% 8 Qatar Doha 119,537 Increase 22.5%
14 Spain Barcelona 421,406 Increase 10.8% 9 Canada Toronto 117,349 Increase 12.0%
15 Italy Milan 415,314 Increase 9.2% 10 United States Chicago 116,118 new route
Source: Statistik Austria[35][36]

Ground transportation


The airport's railway station

The Vienna S-Bahn line S7 provides a local service to the city centre taking approx. 25 minutes.[37] The more expensive City Airport Train connects the airport directly to Wien Mitte railway station, close to the city centre, in just 16 minutes.[38]

Additionally, the underground railway station has been expanded to accommodate long-distance trains. Since December 2014, the first trains passing Vienna's new main station, ICE services from Germany, terminate at the airport. Since December 2015, ÖBB Railjet services operate to the airport as well. Long-distance train rides between the airport and the main station take approx. 15 minutes.


The airport lies directly adjacent to motorway A4 which leads from central Vienna to Budapest. It has its own exit named Flughafen Wien-Schwechat. Bratislava can be reached via motorway A6 which splits from the A4 in the east. Taxis and car rental facilities are available at the airport.[39] There are also several taxi companies that operate at the airport.


Furthermore, there are also buses from the airport to various places in Vienna and to other cities including Bratislava, Budapest and Brno.

Accidents and incidents


See also


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  2. "FWAG (group) facts & figures - Open for new horizons". Viennaairport. 2012-06-05. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
  3. 1 2 Annual Report 2005 Flughafen Wien AG (PDF) (Report). Schwechat: Vienna International Airport. 16 February 2006. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  4. 1 2 3 "Skylink: Empfehlungen des Rechnungshof umgesetzt" [Skylink: Recommendations from the Court of Audit implemented]. Kurier. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  5. Allett, Tom (18 June 2012). Cook, Caroline, ed. "Vienna's Skylink Open for Business". Airports International. Key Publishing Ltd. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  6. "Flughafen Wien - Presseaussendungen & News - Offen für neue Horizonte". Retrieved 2013-06-20.
  7. "Airline Industry and Aviation Safety News from Flightglobal". Retrieved 2010-12-19.
  8. 1 2 3 - "Vienna Airport: New terminal, new routes" (German) 30 March 2016
  9. - AIRPORT MAP retrieved 30 July 2016
  10. "Flughafen: Vorstände vorzeitig verlängert" [Airport: [Management] Board [appointments] extended]. ORF. 23 June 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  11. Wurst, Matthias (1 October 2012). "The Third Runway: Toxic on Take-Off". The Vienna Review. Vienna Review Publishing. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  12. "Dritte Piste dürfte vor Höchstrichter landen" [Third runway likely to end up in front of Chief Justice]. ORF. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  14. "Viennaairport - Online timetable". Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  15. Austrian Airlines (11 November 2016). "Austrian Airlines Will Operate Flights to Gothenburg Starting June 2017". Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  17. Austrian Airlines (16 September 2016). "Austrian Airlines Initiates Flight Service to Los Angeles". Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  20. 1 2
  23. Liu, Jim (1 December 2016). "S7 Airlines plans Vienna launch in S17". Routesonline. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  24. "S7 Airlines launches daily flights to Vienna". S7 Airlines. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  27. Airport Council International's 2005 World Airport Traffic Report
  28. Airport Council International's 2006 World Airport Traffic Report
  29. Airport Council International's 2007 World Airport Traffic Report
  30. Airport Council International's 2009 World Airport Traffic Report
  31. Airport Council International's 2011 World Airport Traffic Report
  32. Airport Council International's 2012 World Airport Traffic Report
  33. Airport Council International's 2013 World Airport Traffic Report
  34. Airport Council International's 2014 World Airport Traffic Report
  35. STATISTIK AUSTRIA (2015). Karner, Thomas; Rudlof, Manfred; Schuster, Sabine; et al., eds. Verkehrsstatistik 2014 [Transportation statistics 2014] (PDF) (Report) (in German). Vienna: Verlag Österreich GmbH. p. 63. ISBN 978-3-902925-85-5. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  36. STATISTIK AUSTRIA (2014). Karner, Thomas; Rudlof, Manfred; Schuster, Sabine; et al., eds. Verkehrsstatistik 2013 [Transportation statistics 2013] (PDF) (Report) (in German). Vienna: Verlag Österreich GmbH. p. 64. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  37. "Flughafen Wien - Bahnverbindungen". Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  38. "Flughafen Wien - City Airport Train/ CAT". Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  39. "Vienna Airport taxi". Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  40. "ASN Aircraft accident Convair CV-340-58 YU-ADC Wien-Schwechat International Airport (VIE)". 1955-10-10. Retrieved 2013-10-05.

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