Vienna Airport: Building on success
4 April 2016 • Author(s): International Airport Review
Vienna Airport, located in the heart of Austria’s capital, has experienced record growth in recent years. Passenger figures in 2015 surpassed 22.7 million, driven by new long-haul routes, new flight connections and frequency increases. The airport also achieved a 4-Star ranking and the award for Best Airport Staff in Europe by Skytrax. To build on this success, the airport is hoping to exploit the further considerable growth potential in the region and establish itself as a multinational location.
Vienna Airport is one of Central and Eastern Europe’s leading hubs owing to the numerous destinations it serves in this region. In the 2015 financial year revenue was up by 3.8%; EBITDA climbed by 10%; the net profit for the period rose 21.8% and net debt was reduced to €466.0 million.
2015 was a challenging year for the aviation sector, which was shaped by developments in various crisis regions and strike situations, but the year also witnessed growth. Vienna Airport reported a total of 22,775,054 passengers for 2015, representing a 1.3% rise over the previous year. In particular, new long-haul routes, new flight connections and frequency increases had a positive impact on passenger volume. Passenger traffic to North America expanded notably well by 9% compared to the previous year, which is mainly due to Austrian Airlines’ addition of Miami and its increase in frequency to Newark. Additionally, there was passenger growth of 8.2% to the Middle East and 3.8% to the Far East. Vienna Airport also showed an increase of 5.3% in passenger traffic to Africa. In contrast, passenger volume to Western Europe was up by 1.9%. In 2015 Vienna Airport was regularly served by 75 airlines, offering flight service to 181 destinations in 73 countries.
Four stars for Vienna Airport
Vienna Airport has finally attained listing as a ‘4-Star Airport’ by Skytrax. The basis for receiving the 4-Star ranking was an evaluation by an international team of Skytrax experts over a period of several days. Skytrax assessed and rated the quality of service, the terminal infrastructure, the shopping and culinary offering as well as useful services for the benefit of passengers…