|Owner||Holding Graz - Kommunale Dienstleistungen GmbH
GSU Gesellschaft für Strategische Unternehmensbeteiligungen m.b.H
|Operator||Flughafen Graz Betriebs GmbH|
|Elevation AMSL||340 m / 1,115 ft|
Graz Airport (IATA: GRZ, ICAO: 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 of Graz city centre.
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 Vienna–Graz–Klagenfurt. 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
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.
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
The following airlines offer regular scheduled and charter flights at Graz Airport:
|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
|Bulgarian Air Charter||Seasonal charter: Burgas|
|Croatia Airlines||Seasonal charter: Brač|
operated by Eurowings Europe
|Seasonal: Heraklion (begins 4 May 2018), Palma de Mallorca|
|FlyEgypt||Seasonal charter: Hurghada|
operated by KLM Cityhopper
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
|SkyWork Airlines||Berlin–Tegel (begins 25 March 2018)|
|Small Planet Airlines||Seasonal charter: Rhodes, Heraklion|
|Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Austrian Airlines
|Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Helvetic Airways
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.
A bus stop for public transport to/from Graz can be found next to the arrival area. Another bus stop, called Abtissendorf Abzweigung Flughafen, is located 718 metres from the airport and is being served by additional bus lines.
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.
The Graz Airport is accessible via motorways A9 (exit Kalsdorf) and A2 (exit Flughafen Graz/Feldkirchen).
- EAD Basic
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Media related to Graz Airport at Wikimedia Commons