Graz Airport

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Graz Airport
Flughafen Graz
Airport Graz2.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Holding Graz - Kommunale Dienstleistungen GmbH
and
GSU Gesellschaft für Strategische Unternehmensbeteiligungen m.b.H
Operator Flughafen Graz Betriebs GmbH
Serves Graz, Austria
Location Feldkirchen, Kalsdorf
Elevation AMSL 340 m / 1,115 ft
Coordinates 46°59′35″N 015°26′21″E / 46.99306°N 15.43917°E / 46.99306; 15.43917 (Graz Airport)Coordinates: 46°59′35″N 015°26′21″E / 46.99306°N 15.43917°E / 46.99306; 15.43917 (Graz Airport)
Website flughafen-graz.at
Map
GRZ is located in Austria
GRZ
GRZ
Location of airport in Austria
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17L/35R 640 2,100 Grass
17C 2,740 8,989 Asphalt
35C 3,000 9,842 Asphalt
17R/35L 760 2,493 Grass
Statistics (2016)
Aircraft Movements 14,435 Decrease -6.7%
Passengers 981,884 Increase 1.9%
Freight (in tons) 9,159 Increase 5.3%
Source: Austrian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1][2]

Graz Airport (IATA: GRZICAO: LOWG), known as Flughafen Graz in German, is an international airport serving southern Austria. It is located near Graz, the second-largest city in Austria, in the municipalities of Feldkirchen and Kalsdorf, 5 NM (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) south[1] of Graz city centre.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The construction of the airport began in 1913 with the construction of a grass runway and the first hangars; the airport saw its first flight in 1914. It was the site of the Thalerhof internment camp, run by the governments of Franz Joseph I of Austria and Charles I of Austria. The first domestic passenger flight in Austria in 1925 serviced the route ViennaGrazKlagenfurt. In 1937, the construction of a terminal building began due to increase in the number of passengers.

After the end of the Second World War, however, Austria was forbidden to possess an aviation fleet, neither military nor civil. After reopening of Austrian airspace in 1951, a new concrete runway of 1,500 metres (4,921 ft) was built in Graz. This runway was extended to 2,000 metres (6,562 ft) in 1962. The route network grew quickly and the first international scheduled flight started in 1966 with a connection to Frankfurt.

In 1969, the runway was extended again, this time to 2,500 metres (8,202 ft), and construction of a new terminal building became necessary. Special highlights were visits by the Concorde in 1981 and by a Boeing 747 on the occasion of the airport's 70th anniversary in 1984. Ten years later, another new building was constructed with a maximum capacity of 750,000 passengers a year. The latest extension of the runway was to 3,000 metres (9,843 ft) in 1998.

Development in the 2000s[edit]

In early 21st century, the number of passengers exceeded the 750,000-mark and in 2004 was just below 900,000. This led to the final extension of the current terminal building in 2003 and the construction of a second terminal in 2005.

In spring 2014 the airport's home carrier Austrian Airlines announced the closure of their ticketing and service counters at Graz Airport due to decreasing demand, additional services would be provided directly at the check-in counters instead.[3]

In summer 2015, the airport received two new routes to European hubs; Swiss International Air Lines to Zurich[4] and Turkish Airlines to Istanbul Atatürk Airport.[5]

Facilities[edit]

The passenger terminal building features shops, travel agencies, a restaurant and cafés, a bank, car rental and service counters. The apron provides stands for aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 747. There are no jet bridges, mobile stairways are used for boarding.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Aerial overview of Graz Airport
Control tower

The following airlines offer regular scheduled and charter flights at Graz Airport:[6]

Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Seasonal charter: Cephalonia
Air Cairo Hurghada, Marsa Alam
Astra Airlines Seasonal charter: Paros, Thessaloniki
Austrian Airlines Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Vienna
Seasonal charter: Chania, Corfu, Heraklion, Kos, Naples, Rhodes, Skiathos, Thira, Zakynthos
BMI Regional Birmingham
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal charter: Burgas
Croatia Airlines Seasonal charter: Brač
Eurowings
operated by Eurowings Europe
Seasonal: Heraklion (begins 4 May 2018),[7] Palma de Mallorca
FlyEgypt Seasonal charter: Hurghada
KLM
operated by KLM Cityhopper
Amsterdam
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Munich
SkyWork Airlines Berlin–Tegel (begins 25 March 2018)[8]
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal charter: Rhodes, Heraklion
SunExpress Antalya
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Austrian Airlines
Zürich
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Helvetic Airways
Zürich
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk

Ground transportation[edit]

Public Transport[edit]

The Styrian public transport combine (Steirischer Verkehrsverbund) offers a route planner for travel on the ground to and from the airport. In the route planner, the airport's location is known as Abtissendorf Airport Graz and the Graz central station is called Graz Hauptbahnhof. The Styrian public transport combine's web site offers further information on public transport to and from the airport.

Bus[edit]

A bus stop for public transport to/from Graz can be found next to the arrival area.[9] Another bus stop, called Abtissendorf Abzweigung Flughafen, is located 718 metres from the airport and is being served by additional bus lines.

Train[edit]

The airport is within walking distance (534 metres, seven minutes on foot) of the Flughafen Graz railway station on the S5 (Graz to Spielfeld-Straß) line. The travel time between the airport and Graz central station is approximately eleven minutes.

Car[edit]

The Graz Airport is accessible via motorways A9 (exit Kalsdorf) and A2 (exit Flughafen Graz/Feldkirchen).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b EAD Basic
  2. ^ "Data, Facts & Figures". Graz Airport. Retrieved 10 July 2017. 
  3. ^ "AUA schließt Ticketschalter auf den Bundesländer-Flughäfen". Austrian Wings. January 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Airline route Archived 11 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Turkish Airlines Launches a New Route to Graz". Turkish Airlines (Press release). Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Destinationen". Flughafen Graz. 23 March 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  7. ^ Eurowings begin new seasonal service to Heraklion
  8. ^ http://www.flughafen-graz.at/news/fhg/wieder-nach-berlin.html
  9. ^ "Public transport". Flughafen Graz. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Graz Airport at Wikimedia Commons