Vienna International Airport

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Vienna International Airport

Vienna International Airport 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 and Eurowings Europe as well as a base for low-cost carriers easyJet Europe, Lauda, Level and Wizz Air. 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.

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.  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 2004–2007 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.

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.

Airport News

More than 40 percent cargo growth: Korean Air Cargo relies on Vienna Airport as cargo hub

Korean Air Cargo is recording rising freight figures at the airfreight hub Vienna Airport: In the pandemic years 2020 and 2021, tonnages increased by more than 40 percent, and the South Korean airline is also …

Vienna Airport and Lufthansa Cargo launch pharma cooperation

Vienna Airport handles temperature-sensitive pharma transports for Lufthansa Cargo The Vienna Airport Pharma Handling Center (VPHC) at Vienna Airport now also handles pharma freight for Lufthansa Cargo. As part of a cooperation between the Lufthansa Group's …

Vienna Airport Unveils New Terminal 2, Operations to Begin 29th March

Vienna Mayor Michael Ludwig, Lower Austrian Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner and the Vienna Airport Management Board members Julian Jäger and Günther Ofner present the newly designed terminal   An exclusive lounge spanning 2,400 m², new restaurant offerings, a …

Vienna Airport records strong growth in belly cargo

Vienna Airport reports a continuing stable cargo business at the beginning of the year. Freight tonnages in January and February 2022 continued the good level of the previous year and strong growth in belly freight. …

Zzzleepandgo launches “smart lounges” at Vienna Airport

  Workplace, chillout lounge and a fully equipped place to sleep: a new service at Vienna Airport enables even more comfort for passengers. Effectively immediately, travellers can take advantage of rentable sleeping pods (cabins) in Terminal …

Etihad Airways lands at Vienna Airport for the first time with a direct flight from Abu Dhabi

As of yesterday, July 18, 2021, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has landed in Vienna for the very first time as part of a new flight connection. With Etihad Airways, …

Contact

Vienna International Airport
1300 Schwechat
Austria
  • +43 1 70070