Salzburg Airport

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Salzburg Airport
Salzburg Airport W. A. Mozart
Salzburg Airport from the air.jpg

IATA: SZGICAO: LOWS

SZG is located in Austria
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Location of airport in Austria
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Salzburger Flughafen GmbH
Serves Salzburg, Austria
Elevation AMSL 430 m / 1,411 ft
Coordinates 47°47′40″N 013°00′12″E / 47.79444°N 13.00333°E / 47.79444; 13.00333 (Salzburg Airport)
Website salzburg-airport.com
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
15/33 2,750 9,022 Concrete
Statistics (2014)
Passenger Movements 1,819,520 Increase 9.4%
Freight (in tons) 200 Increase 10,2%
Sources: EUROCONTROL[1]
passenger and Movement Statistics from Salzburg Airport[2]

Salzburg Airport (IATA: SZGICAO: 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.

The airport is named after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and is located 1.7 NM (3.1 km; 2.0 mi)[1] 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%).

History[edit]

Pre-World War II[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Post war[edit]

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.[3]

Terminals[edit]

Salzburg Airport consists of two passenger terminals:[4]

  • Terminal 1 is 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.[4] As there are no jet bridges walk- and bus-boarding is used.
  • Terminal 2 is the much smaller one and features nine additional check-in counters and 4 boarding gates as well as a designated area to check-in skiing equipment.[4] It has very limited passenger facilities due to its use for seasonal peaktime traffic.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines offer regular scheduled and charter flights at Salzburg Airport:[5]

Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Seasonal charter: Cork, Dublin
airBaltic Seasonal charter: Riga
Air Berlin Berlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf, Hamburg
Air Contractors Charter: Dublin
Austrian Airlines[6] Vienna
Seasonal: Antalya, Zakynthos
Belavia Seasonal charter: Minsk-National
British Airways London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow (begins 5 December 2015)[7]
easyJet Berlin-Schönefeld, Hamburg
Seasonal: Bristol, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, London-Luton
Estonian Air Seasonal charter: Tallinn
Finnair Charter: Helsinki
Flybe Seasonal charter: Birmingham, Glasgow-International
Seasonal: Southampton
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn
I-Fly Seasonal charter: Moscow-Vnukovo
InterSky Graz, Zürich
Jet2.com Seasonal: Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester
Seasonal charter: Belfast-International
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Billund, Copenhagen
Lufthansa
operated by Austrian Airlines
Frankfurt
Malmö Aviation Charter: Gothenburg-Landvetter, Malmö
Monarch Airlines Seasonal: Birmingham, London-Gatwick
Niki Fuerteventura, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Lanzarote, Palma de Mallorca, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Aalborg, Antalya, Billund, Burgas, Calvi, Copenhagen, Corfu, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Moscow-Domodedovo, Olbia, Rhodes, Stockholm-Arlanda
Nordwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Bergen, Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Helsinki, London-Gatwick, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stavanger, Stockholm-Arlanda
Nouvelair Seasonal charter: Enfidha
Primera Air Seasonal charter: Reykjavík-Keflavík
Royal Flight Seasonal charter: Moscow-Domodedovo
Ryanair London-Stansted
Seasonal: Dublin
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Seasonal charter: Helsinki
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal charter: Vilnius
SmartLynx Airlines Seasonal charter: Tallinn
SunExpress Antalya
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal charter: London-Gatwick, Manchester
Thomson Airways Charter: London-Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal charter: Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Glasgow-International, London-Luton, London-Stansted
Transaero Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Moscow-Vnukovo
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam
Tunisair Seasonal charter: Enfidha
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Ukraine International Airlines Seasonal: Kiev-Boryspil
Ural Airlines Seasonal charter: St Petersburg
WOW air Seasonal: Reykjavík-Keflavík
Yakutia Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow-Vnukovo
Yamal Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow-Domodedovo

Statistics[edit]

Apron overview
Passenger statistics[2]
Year Passengers Change
2005 1,695,430
2006 1,878,266 Increase 10.8 %
2007 1,946,422 Increase 3.6 %
2008 1,809,601 Decrease 7.1 %
2009 1,552,154 Decrease 14.3 %

Ground transportation[edit]

Bus[edit]

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.

Car[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Salzburg Airport at Wikimedia Commons