Salzburg Airport W. A. Mozart
|IATA: SZG – ICAO: LOWS|
|Operator||Salzburger Flughafen GmbH|
|Elevation AMSL||430 m / 1,411 ft|
Salzburg Airport (IATA: SZG, ICAO: LOWS) is the second largest international airport in Austria. It serves Salzburg, the fourth-largest Austrian city, as well as a gateway to Austria's numerous and vast ski areas, including the Ski Amadé region, the largest network of linked ski resorts in Europe. The airport is named after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and is located 1.7 NM (3.1 km; 2.0 mi) west-southwest from the centre of Salzburg and 2 km (1.2 mi) from the Austrian-German border and is jointly owned by the City of Salzburg (25%) and The State of Salzburg (75%).
Pre-World War II
In 1910, the first powered aircraft taxied on to the new race track in Salzburg-Aigen for the very first time. In 1926, Deutsche Luft Hansa inaugurated the Munich-Salzburg-Bad Reichenhall route. In 1927, the Vienna-Salzburg-Innsbruck route was started by ÖLAG (Austrian Aviation AG). In one of the earlier incidents Luft Hansa, which flew the London-Brussels-Frankfurt-Munich-Vienna route with Sabena, made a forced landing in Salzburg. 1939 saw the introduction of the Berlin-Prague-Salzburg-Venice and Munich-Salzburg-Klagenfurt-Ljubljana-Rijeka routes which were planned for the summer schedule.
The war years
At the start of World War II, on 1 September 1939, Salzburg Airport was seized and in 1943 the "Luftgaukommando VII" in Munich was put in charge of it. In the autumn of 1944 the newly developed fighter jet Messerschmitt Me 262 appeared. When the United States Air Force first bombed the city of Salzburg on 16 October 1944, with a subsequent 15 air attacks on the city, the airport remained undamaged. Salzburg Airport was the first Austrian airport which managed to become a part of European scheduled traffic again.
On 1 August 1958, a control tower was put into operation after a 15-month construction period and a new terminal was opened in 1966. While 1978 saw the first landing of a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 it was in 1984 when the first Boeing 767 (Braathens from Norway) and an Air France Concorde first appeared at the airport.
The airport reached the target of 1,265,000 passengers in 2000, and British Airways announced flights to Salzburg from London. These flights were cancelled a year later. Also in 2001, low-cost carrier Ryanair landed at Salzburg, its first Austrian destination. This was also the first time an Austrian airport hosted a low-cost carrier. Aer Lingus commenced flights to Salzburg from Dublin for their winter schedule in 2005. In 2006, Ryanair started services to Charleroi, which ended in 2007, and Dublin. British Airways restarted flights to London Gatwick Airport on 1 December.
In spring 2014 the airport's home carrier Austrian Airlines announced the closure of their ticketing and service counters at Salzburg Airport due to decreasing demand. Additional services are instead provided directly at the check-in counters.
Salzburg Airport consists of two passenger terminals:
- Terminal 1 is the main building features 26 check-in desks, several service counters, some shops and restaurants and a visitors terrace. The airside area consists of 9 boarding gates which can be used for Schengen and non-Schengen destinations. As there are no jet bridges, walk- and bus-boarding is used.
- Terminal 2 is the much smaller one and features nine additional check-in counters and 4 boarding gates as well as a designated area to check-in skiing equipment. It has very limited passenger facilities due to its use for seasonal peak-time traffic.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines offer regular scheduled and charter flights at Salzburg Airport:
The airport is located 3 km from the city-center. Salzburg trolleybus lines 2 and 10, each with service every 10 minutes, connect the airport to the rest of Salzburg's public transportation system. The main station is reachable in about 25 minutes and the inner city in about 30 minutes.
- EUROCONTROL basic
- Passenger Statistics for Salzburg Airport
- aero.de - "Eurowings Europe starts in Salzburg" (German) 18 August 2016
- salzburg-airport.com – Terminal maps
- salzburg-airport.com - Seasonal schedule retrieved 19 November 2016
- "Aer Lingus Cargo Winter 2016 -2017 effective October 30" (PDF). Aer Lingus Cargo. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
- "Eurowings launches Salzburg base in W16". routesonline. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
- "Schneller Ausbau des Standorts Salzburg: Eurowings fliegt ab Frühjahr kommenden Jahres neu auch nach Palma de Mallorca, Olbia, Thessaloniki, Dubrovnik und nach Split / Flüge sind ab heute buchbar" [Fast expansion of Salzburg base: Eurowings from spring next year will fly also to Palma de Mallorca, Olbia, Thessaloniki, Dubrovnik and Split / Flights on sale from today] (in German). Eurowings. 15 September 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
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