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Innsbruck Kranebitten Airport (IATA: INN, ICAO: LOWI) is the largest airport in Tyrol in western Austria. It is located approximately 2.5 miles from the centre of Innsbruck. It handles regional flights around the Alps, as well as seasonal international flights to other destinations. During the winter, activity increases significantly, due to the high number of skiers travelling to the region. It is the main base of Welcome Air and Tyrolean Airways.
Innsbruck Airport is well known for having a difficult approach due to surrounding terrain, prohibiting certain aircraft types from operating at the airport. The approach and descent is a very complicated process—the Alps create vicious winds and currents, which the pilot has to deal with throughout the process. Because there are mountains all around, the plane usually circles the airport, enters a pattern, to decrease both speed and altitude.
Apron during winter season
Departure and Arrivals hall
The terminal is a "shotgun" style, typically using air stairs to deboard/board passengers—no jetways are present. The airport can handle aircraft up to Boeing 767. There are several de-icing trucks, which de-ice the airframe typically right before engines start, or before obtaining clearance to take off.
Airlines and destinations 
||Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf, Hamburg
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Seasonal: Bol, Kefallonia, Kiev-Boryspil, London-Stansted, Manchester, Preveza, Leeds/Bradford (begins 14 December 2013)
||Seasonal charter: Burgas (begins 24 April 2013)
Seasonal: Bristol, Liverpool
||Seasonal: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester
||Seasonal charter: Burgas (begins 6 May 2013)
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Seasonal charter: London-Gatwick
||Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca
Seasonal charter: St Petersburg
||Seasonal: Copenhagen, Stockholm-Arlanda
|Thomas Cook Airlines
||Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Dublin, London-Stansted, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal: Eindhoven, Groningen, Rotterdam
||Seasonal Charter: Rijeka
Passenger statistics for Innsbruck Airport
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Other facilities 
Air Alps has its head office on the airport property.
Ground transportation 
The airport is connected to the city and to Innsbruck Central station by city bus F. The bus runs every 15 minutes and takes 18 minutes to reach the City.
- The airport is being made more famous by being the starting airport on the X-Plane 9 flight simulator. Microsoft Flight Simulator X also has a mission where the user must make the challenging approach to land at Innsbruck in minimum visibility.
- ^ AIP Austria
- ^ Innsbruck Airport Statistics 2008 - German language only
- ^ Innsbruck Airport Statistics 2009-2010
- ^ "just get in contact with us!." Air Alps. Retrieved on 21 October 2012. "Füstenweg 180 A-6026 Innsbruck-Airport"
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