|Owner||Holding Graz - Kommunale Dienstleistungen GmbH (99.9 %)|
|Operator||Flughafen Graz Betriebs GmbH|
|Location||Abtissendorf, Feldkirchen and Thalerhof, Kalsdorf, Styria, Austria|
|Elevation AMSL||340 m / 1,115 ft|
Graz Airport (IATA: GRZ, ICAO: LOWG), known as Flughafen Graz in German, is a primary international airport serving southern Austria. It is located near Graz, the second-largest city in Austria, in the municipalities of Feldkirchen and Kalsdorf, 5 NM (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) south of Graz city centre.
Construction of the airport began in 1913 with the construction of a grass runway and the first hangars; the airport saw its first flight in 1914. It was the site of Thalerhof internment camp, run by the governments of Franz Joseph I of Austria and Charles I of Austria. The first domestic passenger flight in Austria in 1925 serviced the route ViennaGrazKlagenfurt. In 1930 Yugoslav flag carrier Aeroput started regular flights linking Yugoslav capital Belgrade with Vienna with stops in Zagreb and Graz. In 1937, construction of a terminal building began due to increase in the number of passengers.
After the end of the Second World War, Austria was forbidden to possess either a military or civilian aviation fleet. After the reopening of Austrian airspace in 1951, a new concrete runway of 1,500 metres (4,921 ft) was built in Graz. The runway was extended to 2,000 metres (6,562 ft) in 1962. The route network grew quickly and the first international scheduled flight started in 1966 with flights to Frankfurt.
In 1969, the runway was extended again, this time to 2,500 metres (8,202 ft), and construction of a new terminal building became necessary. Highlights were visits by Concorde in 1981 and by a Boeing 747 on the occasion of the airport's 70th anniversary in 1984. Ten years later, another new building was constructed with a maximum annual capacity of 750,000 passengers. The latest extension of the runway was to 3,000 metres (9,843 ft) in 1998.
In early 21st century, the number of passengers exceeded the 750,000-mark and in 2004 was just below 900,000. This led to the final extension of the current terminal building in 2003 and the construction of a second terminal in 2005.
The passenger terminal building features shops, travel agencies, a restaurant and cafés, a bank, car rental and service counters. The apron provides stands for aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 747 or An-124. There are no jet bridges, mobile stairways are used for boarding.
The following airlines offer regular scheduled, seasonal, and charter flights at Graz Airport:
|Air Cairo||Seasonal charter: Hurghada, Marsa Alam|
|Astra Airlines||Seasonal charter: Kefalonia, Paros|
|Austrian Airlines|| Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Vienna |
Seasonal charter: Chania, Corfu, Kos, Naples, Rhodes, Santorini, Skiathos
|Bulgarian Air Charter||Seasonal charter: Burgas, Heraklion, Kos, Rhodes|
|Corendon Airlines||Seasonal charter: Antalya, Heraklion, Rhodes|
|Croatia Airlines||Seasonal charter: Bra|
|Eurowings||Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca|
|FlyEgypt||Seasonal charter: Hurghada|
|Pegasus Airlines||Seasonal charter: Antalya|
|Swiss International Air Lines||Zürich|
A bus stop can be found next to the arrival area. Regional bus lines 630 and 631 operate service to Graz, the transfer to central Graz takes 16 to 28 minutes.
The airport is within walking distance (approximately 420 metres, seven minutes on foot) of the Graz airport railway station. Line S5 (Graz to Spielfeld-Straß) connects the airport to Graz. The journey from the Graz airport railway station to the Graz central station takes eleven minutes.
Graz Airport is accessible via motorways A9 (exit Kalsdorf) and A2 (exit Flughafen Graz/Feldkirchen).
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