Salzburg Airport

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Salzburg Airport

Flughafen Salzburg[1]
Airport typePublic
OperatorSalzburger Flughafen GmbH
ServesSalzburg, Austria
Hub forEurowings Europe
Elevation AMSL430 m / 1,411 ft
Coordinates47°47′40″N 013°00′12″E / 47.79444°N 13.00333°E / 47.79444; 13.00333 (Salzburg Airport)
SZG is located in Austria
Location of airport in Austria
Direction Length Surface
m ft
15/33 2,750 9,022 Concrete
Statistics (2017)
Passengers1,890,164 Increase 8.7%
Air freight (metric tons)228 Decrease 9.8%
passenger and Movement Statistics from Salzburg Airport[3]

Salzburg Airport (IATA: SZG, ICAO: LOWS), branded as Salzburg Airport W. A. Mozart, is Austria's second largest airport. It serves Salzburg, the fourth-largest Austrian city, and is a gateway to Austria's numerous ski areas. The airport is located 1.7 NM (3.1 km; 2.0 mi)[2] west-south-west of Salzburg city centre and 2 km (1.2 mi) from the Austrian-German border. It is jointly owned by Salzburg municipality (25%) and Salzburg state (75%).[4] The airport is named after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, an Austrian composer of the Classical period.


Pre-World War II[edit]

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.[citation needed]

The war years[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Post war[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[5]

In August 2016, German low-cost airline Eurowings announced it would open its second Austrian base in Salzburg with flights to six European metropolitan destinations from January 2017.[6]

In May 2020, amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic Wizz Air has announced six new routes beginning from July 2020 creating new connections to the region. In the same time, Austrian Airlines announced the termination of their route from Salzburg to their hub at Vienna International Airport after 60 years,[7] partially due to the heavily expanded Railjet high-speed train connections between both cities.


Salzburg Airport consists of two passenger terminals:[8]

  • Terminal 1 is the main building featuring 26 check-in desks, several service counters, some shops and restaurants and a visitors terrace. The airside area consists of 10 boarding gates which can be used for Schengen and non-Schengen destinations.[8] 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.[8] It has very limited passenger facilities due to its use for seasonal peak-time traffic.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines offer regular scheduled and charter flights at Salzburg Airport:[9]

Aer Lingus Seasonal charter: Cork,[10] Dublin[10]
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga, Tallinn
Air Serbia Niš
British Airways Seasonal: London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow, Manchester
easyJet Seasonal: Amsterdam, Berlin–Brandenburg, Bristol, Hamburg, Liverpool, London–Gatwick, London–Luton
Eurowings Berlin–Brandenburg (begins 8 November 2020), Berlin–Tegel (ends 7 November 2020), Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg
Seasonal: Corfu, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Kos, Palma de Mallorca
Finnair Helsinki Seasonal: Belfast–International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne (begins 13 February 2021)[11]
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Bergen, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, London–Gatwick, Oslo, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda
Pobeda Seasonal: Moscow–Vnukovo
Ryanair London–Stansted, Palma de Mallorca
Seasonal: Dublin
S7 Airlines Seasonal: Moscow–Domodedovo, Saint Petersburg
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm–Arlanda
SkyUp Seasonal: Kyiv–Boryspil
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam/The Hague
TUI Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, Glasgow, London–Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal charter: Bristol,[12] Dublin,[12] Glasgow,[12] London–Stansted[12]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Seasonal: Ordu/Giresun
Ukraine International Airlines Seasonal: Kyiv–Boryspil
Wizz Air Belgrade, Bucharest, Kyiv–Zhuliany, Larnaca, Saint Petersburg (begins 4 December 2020),[13] Skopje, Tuzla, Varna


Aerial view
Main buildings
Apron overview
Passenger statistics[14]
Year Passengers Change
2005 1,695,430
2006 1,878,266 Increase 10.8%
2007 1,946,422 Increase 3.6%
2008 1,809,601 Decrease 7.1%
2009 1,552,154 Decrease 14.3%
2010 1,625,842 Increase 4.8%
2011 1,700,989 Increase 4.6%
2012 1,666,487 Decrease 3.0%
2013 1,662,834 Decrease 0.2%
2014 1,819,520 Increase 9.4%

Ground transport[edit]

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 transport system. The main station is reachable in about 25 minutes and the inner city in about 30 minutes.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Aerodrome availability" (PDF). AIP Austria (in German and English). Austro Control Österreichische Gesellschaft für Zivilluftfahrt mbH. p. 31. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b "EUROCONTROL basic".
  3. ^ "Traffic Results 2015". Salzburg Airport W. A. Mozart. 15 January 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Geschäftsbericht 2016" (PDF). Salzburg Airport (in German). Salzburger Flughafen GmbH. p. 8. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  5. ^ "AUA schließt Ticketschalter auf den Bundesländer-Flughäfen".
  6. ^ - "Eurowings Europe starts in Salzburg" (German) 18 August 2016
  7. ^ (German) 9. June 2020
  8. ^ a b c "Salzburg Airport: General Parking Information".
  9. ^ - Seasonal schedule retrieved 5 July 2020
  10. ^ a b "TopFlight Ski".
  11. ^
  12. ^ a b c d "Find a flight".
  13. ^ Liu, Jim. "Wizz Air delays St. Petersburg base launch to Dec 2020". Routesonline. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  14. ^ "Passenger Statistics for Salzburg Airport".

External links[edit]

Media related to Salzburg Airport at Wikimedia Commons