Salzburg Airport W. A. Mozart
|Operator||Salzburger Flughafen GmbH|
|Elevation AMSL||430 m / 1,411 ft|
Salzburg Airport or Salzburg Airport W. A. Mozart (IATA: SZG, ICAO: LOWS) is the second largest international airport in Austria. It serves Salzburg, the fourth-largest Austrian city, as well as a gateway to Austria's numerous and vast ski areas, including the Ski Amadé region, the largest network of linked ski resorts in Europe.
It is located 1.7 NM (3.1 km; 2.0 mi) west-southwest from the centre of Salzburg and 2 km (1.2 mi) from the Austrian-German border and is jointly owned by the City of Salzburg (25%) and The State of Salzburg (75%).
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Pre-World War II
In 1910, the first powered aircraft taxied on to the new race track in Salzburg-Aigen for the very first time. In 1926, Deutsche Luft Hansa inaugurated the Munich-Salzburg-Bad Reichenhall route. In 1927, the Vienna-Salzburg-Innsbruck route was started by ÖLAG (Austrian Aviation AG). In one of the earlier incidents Luft Hansa, which flew the London-Brussels-Frankfurt-Munich-Vienna route with Sabena, made a forced landing in Salzburg. 1939 saw the introduction of the Berlin-Prague-Salzburg-Venice and Munich-Salzburg-Klagenfurt-Ljubljana-Rijeka routes which were planned for the summer schedule.
The war years
At the start of World War II, on 1 September 1939, Salzburg Airport was seized and in 1943 the "Luftgaukommando VII" in Munich was put in charge of it. In the autumn of 1944 the newly developed fighter jet Messerschmitt Me 262 appeared. When the United States Air Force first bombed the city of Salzburg on 16 October 1944, with a subsequent 15 air attacks on the city, the airport remained undamaged. Salzburg Airport was the first Austrian airport which managed to become a part of European scheduled traffic again.
On 1 August 1958, a control tower was put into operation after a 15-month construction period and a new terminal was opened in 1966. While 1978 saw the first landing of a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 it was in 1984 when the first Boeing 767 (Braathens from Norway) and an Air France Concorde first appeared at the airport.
The airport reached the target of 1,265,000 passengers in 2000, and British Airways announced flights to Salzburg from London. These flights were cancelled a year later. Also in 2001, low-cost carrier Ryanair landed at Salzburg, its first Austrian destination. This was also the first time an Austrian airport hosted a low-cost carrier. Aer Lingus commenced flights to Salzburg from Dublin for their winter schedule in 2005. In 2006, Ryanair started services to Charleroi, which ended in 2007, and Dublin. British Airways restarted flights to London Gatwick Airport on 1 December.
In spring 2014 the airport's home carrier Austrian Airlines announced the closure of their ticketing and service counters at Salzburg Airport due to decreasing demand, additional services will be instead provided directly at the check-in counters.
Salzburg Airport consists of the two Terminals 1 and 2. While Terminal 1 is the main building, Terminal 2 is mainly used to avoid congestion during the heavy winter seasonal charter traffic.
The main building features 26 check-in desks, several service counters, some shops and restaurants and a visitors terrace. The airside area consists of 9 boarding gates which can be used for schengen and non-schengen destinations. As there are no jet bridges walk- and bus-boarding is used.
This smaller Terminal 2 features nine additional check-in counters and 4 boarding gates as well as a designated area to check-in skiing equipment. It has very limited passenger facilities due to its use for seasonal peaktime traffic.
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The airport is located 3 km from the city-center. Salzburg trolleybus lines 2 and 10, each with service every 10 minutes, connect the airport to the rest of Salzburg's public transportation system. The main station is reachable in about 25 minutes and the inner city in about 30 minutes.
Indoor and outdoor parking facilities are available. There is a parking garage offering 1,921 roofed spaces. Additional 1,230 parking spaces are within 5 minutes from the terminals.
Media related to Salzburg Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- Current weather for LOWS at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for SZG at Aviation Safety Network