Vienna Airport Exceeds 21 Million Passengers

Vienna Airport, Austria, set a new record in 2011 with a total of 21,106,292 passengers.  This year-on-year increase of 7.2% places Vienna above the European average of 7.0%, according the ACI statistics.
The number of passengers travelling to the Middle East rose by 3.7%, whereas traffic to Eastern and Western Europe increased by 14.9% and 7.0% respectively.
The Austrian Airlines Group carried 50% of passengers, followed by NIKI with 11.6% and airberlin with 6.5%.  In total, Vienna Airport regularly serviced by 73 airlines in 2011, with new customers including Condor, TAP Portugal and Cirrus Airlines.
However, the volume of air cargo handled at the airport fell in 2011 by 8.9% to 199,809 tonnes.
Member of the Management Board and Chief Operating Officer, Julian Jäger, said he was pleased with the results.  “However,” he said, “We have already identified a number of challenges for 2012.  We are expecting an increase of only 0 to 1% in the number of passengers, in particular because of the uncertain economic outlook and the fleet structure changes announced by Austrian Airlines for this year.”
Mr Jäger explained that the airport would instead focus on its long-term growth perspectives, including the start of operations of the airport’s new terminal extension SkyLink.  “Over 370 test passengers have already taken part in trial operations [which started on January 5] and, by the end of April, this number will have risen to 3,000.”  He added that operations were due to start in June and that space would be provided for more than 31 shops and 19 food & beverage outlets.