|IATA: INN – ICAO: LOWI|
|Owner||Tiroler Flughafenbetriebs GmbH|
|Elevation AMSL||1,906 ft / 581 m|
Innsbruck Airport (IATA: INN, ICAO: 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, 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.
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. Innsbruck also used to accommodate the head offices of Air Alps.
Innsbruck Airport is well known for having a difficult approach due to surrounding terrain, prohibiting certain aircraft types from operating at the airport. 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
The following airlines offer regular scheduled and charter flights at Innsbruck Airport:
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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.
- airport history
- "just get in contact with us!." Air Alps. Retrieved on 21 October 2012. "Füstenweg 180 A-6026 Innsbruck-Airport"[dead link]
- AIP Austria
- Innsbruck Airport Statistics 2008 – German language only
- Innsbruck Airport Statistics 2009–2010
Media related to Innsbruck Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- Current weather for LOWI at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for INN at Aviation Safety Network