Innsbruck Airport

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Innsbruck Airport
Flughafen Innsbruck
Owner Tiroler Flughafenbetriebs GmbH
Serves Innsbruck, Austria
Hub for Tyrolean Airways
Elevation AMSL 1,906 ft / 581 m
Coordinates 47°15′37″N 011°20′38″E / 47.26028°N 11.34389°E / 47.26028; 11.34389Coordinates: 47°15′37″N 011°20′38″E / 47.26028°N 11.34389°E / 47.26028; 11.34389
INN is located in Austria
Location within Austria
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08/26 6,562 2,000 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Aircraft Movements 11,650 Increase 3.5%
Passenger Movements 991,356 Increase 1%

Innsbruck Airport (IATA: INNICAO: LOWI), also known as Kranebitten Airport, is the largest international airport in Tyrol in western Austria. It is located approximately 2.5 miles from the centre of Innsbruck and serves as the main base of Welcome Air and Tyrolean Airways and also used to accommodate the head offices of Air Alps.[1]

The airport, which was opened in 1925,[2] handles regional flights around the Alps, as well as seasonal international traffic to further European destinations. During the winter, activity increases significantly, due to the high number of skiers travelling to the region.


Apron during the winter season
Departure and arrivals hall
Gate area

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.

Innsbruck Airport is well known for having a difficult approach due to surrounding terrain, prohibiting certain aircraft types from operating at the airport.[3] 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.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aeroflot Seasonal: Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Air Berlin Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf, Hamburg
Austrian Airlines[4] Vienna[5] (resumes 1 April 2015)
Seasonal: Bol, Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Kefallonia, Kiev-Boryspil, London-Stansted, Manchester, Oslo-Gardermoen, Preveza (all resume 1 April 2015)
Seasonal charter: Bristol, Heraklion, Kos, Larnaca, Leeds/Bradford, Rhodes[6] (all resume 1 April 2015)
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Vienna[5] (ends 31 March 2015)
Seasonal: Bol, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Kefallonia, Kiev-Boryspil, London-Stansted, Manchester, Oslo-Gardermoen, Preveza (all end 31 March 2015)
Seasonal charter: Bristol, Heraklion, Kos, Larnaca, Leeds/Bradford, Rhodes[6] (all end 31 March 2015)
British Airways Seasonal: London-Gatwick
easyJet London-Gatwick[5]
Seasonal: Bristol, Liverpool
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki[7]
Flybe Seasonal charter: Manchester[6]
Estonian Air Seasonal charter: Birmingham[6]
Israir Airlines Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
operated by Austrian Airlines
Frankfurt (begins 1 April 2015)
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Frankfurt (ends 31 March 2015)
Monarch Airlines Seasonal: Manchester
Niki Palma de Mallorca[5]
Seasonal: Copenhagen, Moscow-Domodedovo, Stockholm-Arlanda
Seasonal charter: Antalya, Cephalonia (begins 16 May 2015), Edinburgh, Hurghada, Lamezia Terme (begins 17 May 2015), Menorca (begins 24 May 2015), Preveza (begins 9 May 2015), Thessaloniki (begins 30 May 2015)[8]
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, Stockholm-Arlanda
SunExpress Seasonal charter: Antalya[6]
S7 Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Manchester
Thomson Airways Seasonal charter: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Dublin, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne Amsterdam, Eindhoven[5]
Seasonal: Groningen, Rotterdam


An easyJet Airbus A320-200 departing Innsbruck, with surrounding mountains in the background
Passenger statistics[9][10]
Year Total passengers  % change
2007 859,832 Steady
2008 969,474 Increase 12.8
2009 956,972 Decrease 1.3
2010 1,033,512 Increase 8.0
2011 997,020 Decrease 3.5
2012 930.850 Decrease 6.6

Ground transportation[edit]

The airport is connected to the city and to Innsbruck main station by city bus F. The bus runs every 15 minutes and takes 18 minutes to reach the city.

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to Innsbruck Airport at Wikimedia Commons