Innsbruck Airport

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Innsbruck Airport
Flughafen Innsbruck
Owner Tiroler Flughafenbetriebs GmbH
Serves Innsbruck, Austria
Elevation AMSL 1,906 ft / 581 m
Coordinates 47°15′37″N 011°20′38″E / 47.26028°N 11.34389°E / 47.26028; 11.34389Coordinates: 47°15′37″N 011°20′38″E / 47.26028°N 11.34389°E / 47.26028; 11.34389
INN is located in Austria
Location within Austria
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08/26 6,562 2,000 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Aircraft Movements 11,650 Increase 3.5%
Passenger Movements 991,356 Increase 1%

Innsbruck Airport (IATA: INNICAO: LOWI), also known as Kranebitten Airport, is the largest international airport in Tyrol in western Austria. It is located approximately 2.5 miles from the centre of Innsbruck. The airport, which was opened in 1925,[1] handles regional flights around the Alps, as well as seasonal international traffic to further European destinations. During the winter, activity increases significantly, due to the high number of skiers travelling to the region.


Apron during the winter season
Departure and arrivals hall
Gate area

The terminal is a "shotgun" style, typically using air stairs to deboard/board passengers as no jetways are present. The airport can handle aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 767. There are several de-icing trucks, which de-ice the airframe typically right before engines start, or before obtaining clearance to take off.

Innsbruck Airport serves as the base of Welcome Air. Until its dissolvement on 31 March 2015, Tyrolean Airways had its home base at the airport as well. However, the newly established independed technical division Tyrolean Airways Luftfahrzeuge Technik GmbH remains here.[2] Innsbruck also used to accommodate the head offices of Air Alps.[3]

Innsbruck Airport is well known for having a difficult approach due to surrounding terrain, prohibiting certain aircraft types from operating at the airport.[4] The approach and descent is a very complicated process—the Alps create vicious winds and currents, which the pilot has to deal with throughout the process. Because there are mountains all around, the plane usually circles the airport, enters a pattern, to decrease both speed and altitude.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

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

Airlines Destinations
Aeroflot Seasonal: Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Air Berlin Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf, Hamburg
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Seasonal: Bol, Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Kefallonia, Kiev-Boryspil, London-Stansted, Manchester, Oslo-Gardermoen, Preveza
Seasonal charter: Bristol, Heraklion, Kos, Larnaca, Leeds/Bradford, Rhodes
British Airways Seasonal: London-Gatwick
easyJet London-Gatwick
Seasonal: Bristol, London-Luton (begins 20 December 2015)
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Flybe Seasonal charter: Manchester
Israir Airlines Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
operated by Austrian Airlines
Monarch Airlines Seasonal: London-Gatwick (begins 5 December 2015),[6] Manchester
Niki Palma de Mallorca
Seasonal: Copenhagen, Moscow-Domodedovo, Stockholm-Arlanda, Vienna[7]
Seasonal charter: Antalya, Cephalonia, Edinburgh, Hurghada, Lamezia Terme, Menorca, Preveza, Thessaloniki
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, Stockholm-Arlanda
SunExpress Seasonal charter: Antalya
S7 Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Manchester
Thomson Airways Seasonal charter: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Dublin, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Transavia Amsterdam, Eindhoven
Seasonal: Rotterdam


An easyJet Airbus A320-200 departing Innsbruck, with surrounding mountains in the background
Passenger statistics[8][9]
Year Total passengers  % change
2007 859,832 Steady
2008 969,474 Increase 12.8
2009 956,972 Decrease 1.3
2010 1,033,512 Increase 8.0
2011 997,020 Decrease 3.5
2012 930.850 Decrease 6.6
2013 981.118 Increase 5.4
2014 991.356 Increase 1.0

Ground transportation[edit]

The airport is connected to the city and to Innsbruck main station by city bus F. The bus runs every 15 minutes and takes 18 minutes to reach the city. City Taxis are located in front of the Airport.

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External links[edit]

Media related to Innsbruck Airport at Wikimedia Commons