Graz Airport

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Graz Airport
Flughafen Graz
Airport Graz2.jpg


GRZ is located in Austria
Location of airport in Austria
Airport type Public
Owner Grazer Stadwerke AG
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)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17L/35R 640 2,100 Grass
17C/35C 3,000 9,842 Asphalt
17R/35L 760 2,493 Grass
Statistics (2014)
Aircraft Movements 14,384 Decrease -3.3%
Passenger Movements (2015) 963,396 Increase 7.4%
Freight (in tons) 9,652 Decrease -14,4%
Source: Austrian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]

Graz Airport (IATA: GRZICAO: LOWG), known as Flughafen Graz-Thalerhof in German, is a minor international airport in Graz, the second-largest city in Austria. It is located in the municipalities of Feldkirchen and Kalsdorf, 5 NM (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) south[1] of Graz city centre and mainly serves flights to European leisure and some metropolitan destinations.


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 concentration camp, Talerhof, run by the governments of Franz Joseph I of Austria and Charles I of Austria. The first passenger domestic 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, either military or 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 again extended, this time to 2,500 metres (8,202 ft), and construction of a new, more modern terminal building became necessary. Special highlights of the airport were the landings of the Concorde in 1981 and the Boeing 747 on the occasion of its 70th anniversary of opening in 1984. Ten years later, another new building was constructed with a capacity of maximum 750,000 passengers per 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 is 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. Total passenger traffic numbers for the year 2012 were 930,617.

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 will be instead provided directly at the check-in counters.[2]

In the last few years the airport has been struggeling with decreasing passenger numbers. While in 2008 the airport managed to welcome more than 1 million passengers at its single terminal, in 2013 just 881.740 people used the airport.[3] Not only the discontinuation of flights by Ryanair in 2012, but also competition from neighbouring airports like Klagenfurt or Vienna are to blame for the shrinking passenger numbers.[4] However, by summer 2015, the airport received two new routes to European hub airports. While Swiss International Air Lines operates from Graz to Zürich Airport,[5] Turkish Airlines announced flights to Istanbul Atatürk Airport.[6]


Graz Airport consists of one modern passenger terminal building which features some shops, restaurants and service counters. The apron provides stands for aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 747. As there are no jet bridges, busses 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:[7]

Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Seasonal charter:Cephalonia (begins 4 June 2016)Kavala (begins 4 June 2016)
Air Berlin Berlin-Tegel
Austrian Airlines Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Vienna
Seasonal charter: Antalya, Chania, Corfu, Heraklion, Kos, Naples, Rhodes, Santorini, Zakynthos
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal charter: Burgas
Croatia Airlines Seasonal charter: Brač
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Niki Hurghada, Palma de Mallorca
Seasonal: Antalya, Heraklion, Ibiza (begins 1 June 2016),[8] Menorca (begins 18 June 2016),[9] Olbia (begins 15 June 2016),[10] Rhodes, Santorini, Skiathos, Tenerife-South
SunExpress Antalya
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Helvetic Airways
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Austrian Airlines
Tunisair Seasonal: Enfidha
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk

Ground transportation[edit]


The airport is within walking distance of Flughafen Graz-Feldkirchen railway station (about 10 minutes on foot, exit to the right of the platform), which lies on the Graz to Spielfeld-Straß line. The travel time to the airport from Graz main station is approximately 12 minutes by regional train.


Graz Airport is also reachable via motorways A9 (Exit Kalsdorf) and A2 (Exit Flughafen Graz/Feldkirchen).


A bus stop for public buses to/from places in Graz town center can be found right next to arrival area.[11]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to Graz Airport at Wikimedia Commons