Vienna International Airport
|Operator||Flughafen Wien AG|
|Serves||Vienna, Austria and|
|Hub for||Austrian Airlines|
|Focus city for|
|Elevation AMSL||183 m / 600 ft|
Source: Flughafen Wien AG
Vienna International Airport (German: Flughafen Wien-Schwechat, Slovak: Letisko Viede?-Schwechat; IATA: VIE, ICAO: LOWW) is the international airport of Vienna, the capital of Austria, located in Schwechat, 18 km (11 mi) southeast of central Vienna and 57 kilometres (35 mi) west of Bratislava. It is the country's largest airport and serves as the hub for Austrian Airlines as well as a base for low-cost carriers Wizz Air and Ryanair. It is capable of handling wide-body aircraft up to the Airbus A380. The airport features a dense network of European destinations as well as long-haul flights to Asia, North America and Africa. In 2020, the airport handled 7.8 million passengers, a 75.3% decrease compared to 2019 due to the collapse of air traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Originally built as a military airport in 1938, and used during World War II as the Heinkel firm's southern military aircraft design and production complex, or Heinkel-Süd facility, it was taken over by the British in 1945 and became RAF Schwechat under the occupation of the country. In 1954, the Betriebsgesellschaft was founded, and the airport replaced Aspern as Vienna's (and Austria's) principal aerodrome. There was just one runway, which in 1959 was expanded to measure 3,000 m (9,843 ft). The erection of the new airport building starting in 1959.
In 1972, another runway was built. In 1982 the airport was connected to the national motorway network (Ostautobahn). In 1986 the enlarged arrivals hall was opened, and in 1988 Pier East with 8 jetbridges.
Flughafen Wien AG, one of the few publicly traded airport operators in Europe, was privatised in 1992. The state of Lower Austria and the City of Vienna each hold 20% of the shares, the private employee participation foundation holds 10%, with the remaining 50% held privately. The shares are part of the Austrian Traded Index.
In 2006, the 109 m (358 ft) tall control tower started operating. It allows a free overview of the entire airport area and offers a night laser show, which should welcome the passengers even from the aircraft. From 2004 to 2007, an Office Park had been erected offering 69,000 m2 (740,000 sq ft) of rentable space. A VIP- and general aviation-terminal, including a separated apron, opened in 2006.
To accommodate future growth, in 1998 Vienna Airport published a master plan that outlined expansion projects until 2015. These projects included a new office park, railway station, cargo center, general aviation center, air traffic control tower, terminal, and runway. Additionally, the plan called for streamlined security control. The centerpiece of the enlargement was the new terminal, dubbed Skylink during its construction. In 2002, the airport's management estimated that building the new terminal will cost EUR401.79 million. However, costs skyrocketed and in 2009 stood at an estimated EUR929.5 million. The Austrian Court of Audit then recommended that the airport implement several cost-savings measures, which in the Court's estimate brought down final costs to EUR849.15 million, still more than double the original plans.
On June 5, 2012, the new Austrian Star Alliance Terminal (Terminal 3, named Skylink during its construction) was opened, which enables the airport to handle up to 30 million passengers per year. Construction started in 2004 and was suspended due to projected cost increases in 2009, but resumed in 2010. The maximum planned costs totaled less than EUR770 million. Following concerns over the mismanagement of the Skylink project, chief executive Herbert Kaufman agreed to resign at the end of December 2010. The new building with its North Pier has 17 jetbridges and makes the airport capable of handling more aircraft, although the new terminal is not able to handle Airbus A380 aircraft. However, the older Concourse D will see an upgrade to accommodate the A380.
The airport has four terminal buildings named Terminal 1, 2 and 3 which are directly built against each other as well as the additional Terminal 1A located opposite Terminal 1. Terminals 1, 2 and 3 connect to the five concourses. The central arrivals hall for all terminal areas is located in Terminal 3.
Vienna Airport originally projected that it would need a third runway by 2012, or 2016 at the latest, in the event of cooperation with nearby Bratislava Airport. It currently projects that a third runway will be necessary by 2025, however, environmental organizations and some local communities oppose construction. These groups have attacked the decision of Lower Austria (the state in which the airport is located) to move ahead with the first phase of construction; verdict from the administrative court that has taken up the lawsuit was expected later in 2015. As of September 2016, there were ongoing public protests while as no legal decision had been made. On 28 March 2018, the Austrian Federal Administrative Court ruled in favour of a third runway, a decision that may be appealed by opponents within six weeks.
The third runway is planned to be parallel to and south of the existing runway 11/29. It will be designated 11R/29L, with the existing runway being renamed 11L/29R. The new runway is planned to be 3680 m long and 60 m wide, and equipped with a category III instrument landing system in one direction (29L).
In July 2019, the refurbishment of Terminal 2 started. Terminal 2 is planned to reopen in the end of 2020. Once Terminal 2 has been reopened, Concourse D will be closed for refurbishment at the beginning of 2021, it is expected to open again in 2023. In addition to that, a completely new building will be built. It will connect the existing pier east and pier north. The so-called T3 Southern Enlargement will be offering 70,000 m2 (750,000 sq ft) of leisure area and new additional bus gates. Opening is set for 2023.
The following airlines offer regular scheduled and charter flights at Vienna International Airport:
|Aegean Airlines|| Athens |
Seasonal: Heraklion (begins 19 May 2021)
|Air Cairo||Seasonal charter: Sharm El Sheikh|
|Air France||Paris-Charles de Gaulle|
|Air Serbia||Belgrade, Kraljevo|
|All Nippon Airways||Tokyo-Haneda|
|Austrian Airlines|| Amman-Queen Alia, Amsterdam, Athens, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Beijing-Capital, Belgrade, Berlin, Birmingham, Bologna, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Cairo, Chicago-O'Hare, Chi?in?u, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Erbil, Frankfurt, Geneva, Gran Canaria, Graz, Hamburg, Hanover, Ia?i, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Ko?ice, Kraków, Kyiv-Boryspil, Lanzarote, Larnaca, Leipzig/Halle, London-Heathrow, Lviv, Lyon, Manchester, Marrakesh, Milan-Malpensa, Minsk, Montréal-Trudeau, Moscow-Domodedovo, Munich, Naples, Newark, New York-JFK, Nice, Nuremberg, Odessa, Oslo, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Podgorica, Prague, Pristina, Rome-Fiumicino, Sarajevo, Shanghai-Pudong, Sibiu, Skopje, Sofia, Stockholm-Arlanda, Stuttgart, Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Tel Aviv, Tenerife-South, Thessaloniki, Tirana, Varna, Venice, Vilnius, Warsaw-Chopin, Washington-Dulles, Yerevan, Zagreb, Zurich |
Seasonal: Antalya, Bari, Bodrum, Brindisi, Cagliari, Cancun, Cape Town, Catania, Chania, Corfu, Dalaman, Dubrovnik, Florence, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gothenburg, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kalamata, Karpathos, Kavala, Kefalonia, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Los Angeles, Menorca, Mykonos, Mytilene, Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Preveza/Lefkada, Reykjavík-Keflávik, Rhodes, Saint Petersburg, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Split, Tokyo-Narita, Volos, Zadar, Zakynthos, Zaporizhzhia (begins 17 May 2021)
Seasonal charter: Hurghada, Malé, Mauritius, Patras
|BH Air||Seasonal charter: Burgas|
|Blue Air||Bucharest |
|Blue Islands||Seasonal charter: Jersey|
|British Airways|| London-Heathrow |
|Bulgarian Air Charter||Seasonal charter: Burgas, Varna|
|China Southern Airlines||Guangzhou, Urumqi|
|Corendon Airlines||Seasonal: Antalya, Bodrum, Hurghada, ?zmir|
|Croatia Airlines|| Zagreb|
|easyJet||Amsterdam, Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin, London-Gatwick|
|El Al||Tel Aviv|
|Enter Air||Seasonal charter: Tbilisi, Yerevan|
|Ethiopian Airlines||Addis Ababa|
|Etihad Airways||Abu Dhabi (begins 31 October 2021)|
|Eurowings|| Catania, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Faro, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hamburg, Hannover, Lanzarote, Málaga, Marsa Alam, Pristina, Stuttgart, Tenerife-South |
Seasonal: Bastia, Brindisi, Calvi, Chania, Corfu, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kavala, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Mytilene, Nice, Olbia, Pisa, Porto, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini
|EVA Air||Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Taipei-Taoyuan|
|Flynas||Seasonal: Jeddah, Riyadh (both begin 17 May 2021)|
|Iran Air||Tehran-Imam Khomeini|
|Jet2.com||Manchester (begins 24 September 2021)|
|Kuwait Airways||Seasonal: Kuwait City|
|LOT Polish Airlines||Warsaw-Chopin|
|Norwegian Air Shuttle||Oslo|
|Pegasus Airlines|| Ankara, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen|
Seasonal: Izmir, Kayseri
|Royal Jordanian||Amman-Queen Alia|
|Ryanair|| Alicante, Athens, Banja Luka, Barcelona, Bari, Beauvais, Bergamo, Billund, Bologna, Brindisi, Bristol, Bucharest, Catania, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Dortmund, Dublin, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Faro, Gothenburg, Kyiv-Boryspil, Lappeenranta, Larnaca, Lisbon, Liverpool, London-Stansted, Madrid, Málaga, Malta, Milan-Malpensa, Naples, Ni? (begins 3 July 2021), Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Porto, Riga, Rome-Fiumicino, Sandefjord, Santander, Seville, Shannon (resumes 1 November 2021), Sofia, Stockholm-Arlanda (begins 31 October 2021), Stockholm-Skavsta, Suceava (begins 1 July 2021), Tallinn, Tel Aviv, Thessaloniki, Valencia, Vilnius, Warsaw-Modlin, Zaragoza |
Seasonal: Alghero, Burgas, Cagliari, Chania, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kalamata, Kefalonia, Kos, Lanzarote, Menorca (begins 2 July 2021), Mykonos, Perugia, Preveza/Lefkada, Pula, Rhodes, Rimini , Rome-Ciampino , Santorini, Skiathos, Tenerife-South, Varna, Zadar, Zakynthos
|Smartwings||Seasonal charter: Boa Vista, Gran Canaria, Sal|
|SunExpress|| Antalya, Izmir |
Seasonal: Adana, Ankara, Bodrum (begins 3 July 2021), Dalaman
|Swiss International Air Lines||Zurich|
|TAP Air Portugal||Lisbon|
|Turkish Airlines|| Ankara, Istanbul |
Seasonal: Gaziantep, Izmir, Kayseri, Samsun
|Volotea|| Nantes |
|Wizz Air|| Alicante, Athens, Barcelona, Bari, Billund, Bucharest, Burgas, Catania, Charleroi, Chi?in?u, Cluj-Napoca, Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Faro, Kharkiv, Kutaisi, Kyiv-Zhuliany, Larnaca, Lisbon, London-Luton, Madrid, Málaga, Menorca, Milan-Malpensa, Naples, Nice, Ni?, Ohrid, Oslo, Palma de Mallorca, Podgorica, Porto, Pristina, Reykjavík-Keflavík, Rome-Fiumicino, Stockholm-Skavsta, Suceava, Tallinn, Tel Aviv, Tenerife-South, Thessaloniki, Tirana, Valencia, Varna, Warsaw-Chopin, Yerevan, Zaporizhzhia |
Seasonal: Alghero, Castellón, Chania (begins 13 June 2021), Corfu, Heraklion, Malta, Mykonos, Rhodes, Santorini, Tuzla, Zakynthos
|Korean Air Cargo||Delhi, Frankfurt, Milan-Malpensa, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Oslo, Seoul-Incheon|
|Silk Way Airlines||Baku|
|Turkish Cargo||Istanbul-Atatürk, Minsk|
|UPS Airlines||Budapest, Cologne/Bonn|
|Passengers||Change from previous year||Aircraft operations||Change from previous year||Cargo
(including road feeder service,
|Change from previous year|
|Source: Airports Council International. World Airport Traffic Reports|
(Years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014)
|3||Paris-Charles de Gaulle||944,404||13||Rome-Fiumicino||558,401|
|6||London-Heathrow||833,930||16||Palma de Mallorca||479,402|
|1||Tel Aviv||596,989||Austrian Airlines, El Al, Wizz Air, Lauda, Malta Air|
|3||Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi||340,639||Austrian Airlines, EVA Air, Thai Airways|
|4||Taipei-Taoyuan||301,982||China Airlines, EVA Air|
|5||Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen||299,778||Pegasus Airlines, AnadoluJet|
|6||Antalya||273,000||Austrian Airlines, SunExpress, Lauda, Corendon Airlines|
|10||Cairo||147,210||Austrian Airlines, EgyptAir|
The Vienna S-Bahn line S7 provides a local service to the city centre taking approx. 25 minutes. The more expensive City Airport Train connects the airport directly to Wien Mitte railway station, close to the city centre, in 16 minutes.
Additionally, the underground railway station has been expanded to accommodate long-distance trains. Since December 2014, the first trains passing Vienna's new main station, ICE services from Germany, terminate at the airport. Since December 2015, ÖBB Railjet services operate to the airport as well. Long-distance train rides between the airport and the main station take approx. 15 minutes.
The airport lies directly adjacent to motorway A4 which leads from central Vienna to Budapest. It has its own exit named Flughafen Wien-Schwechat. Bratislava can be reached via motorway A6 which splits from the A4 in the east. Taxis and car rental facilities are available at the airport. There are also several taxi companies that operate at the airport.